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Why So Many Accidental Pregnancies?

May 29, 2008 08:01 AM
by Rachel Balik
A survey investigates why half of pregnancies in the United States are unplanned, despite the prevalence of easily attainable birth control.

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Half of U.S. pregnancies are unplanned, despite the broad availability of birth control. 

A recent survey found that women are not always using birth control correctly or regularly. Additionally, many women still believe a number of birth control myths, falsely thinking that they cannot become pregnant during their period, while breast-feeding or after they turn 40. Furthermore, many decide to go off the pill for months at a time, often because they forget to fill prescriptions.

A survey published by Psychology Today offers a different suggestion: that some women are deliberately careless with birth control when they are with a man who makes an evolutionarily desirable father. These results have been challenged, however, by those who say that the solution to unwanted pregnancies is better education.

Headline Link: ‘Survey sheds light on unplanned pregnancies’

Opinion & Analysis: Pregnancies may not be ‘accidental’

Historical Context: The Pill

Reference: Reproductive health resources

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