The effectiveness of birth control methods is measured by two numbers: 1) perfect use and 2) typical use. Perfect use takes the human component out of the equation. Typical use puts people back in. For example, the perfect use number for birth control pills puts them at 99.7% effective rate in preventing pregnancy. The typical use number is only 92%. That’s because women sometimes miss a pill or forget to take them at the same time every day.
It’s estimated over one million unplanned pregnancies a year result from typical use of oral contraceptives. If you know your current family is exactly the right size, why would you take that risk?
Contraception methods vary greatly. But there is one consistent factor in their design: the intended users are women.
The only real offering designed for men to practice contraception is the condom. The numbers on that? With perfect use, it’s 98% effective in preventing pregnancy. Typical use, 85% effective.
This for a product that most men, and a large number of women, say is detrimental to intimate and pleasurable intercourse. According to Men’s Health, 1 in 4 men lose their erection while putting one on, but the only other option for men who want to avoid impregnating their partner is withdrawal prior to ejaculation.
The withdrawal method is like Russian roulette. One in every four ejaculations during intercourse risks an unwanted pregnancy.
Not only is premature withdrawal an extreme deterrent for men’s pleasure in intercourse, it’s extremely unrealistic in preventing an unwanted pregnancy. Based on typical use numbers, it’s only 73% effective.