Pregnancy Rates for Birth Control Methods For One Year of Use (from FDA)
The following table provides estimates of the percent of women likely to
become pregnant while using a particular contraceptive method for one year.
These estimates are based on a variety of studies.
"Typical Use" rates mean that the method either was not
always used correctly or was not used with every act of sexual intercourse
(e.g., sometimes forgot to take a birth control pill as directed and became
pregnant), or was used correctly but failed anyway.
"Lowest Expected" rates mean that the method was always used
correctly with every act of sexual intercourse but failed anyway (e.g., always
took a birth control pill as directed but still became pregnant).
Typical Use Rate of Pregnancy
Lowest Expected Rate of Pregnancy
Hormone Shot (Depo-Provera)
Combined Pill (Estrogen/Progestin)
Minipill (Progestin only)
Intrauterine Devices (IUDs):
Male Latex Condom1
Vaginal Sponge (no previous births)3
Vaginal Sponge (previous births)3
Cervical Cap (no previous births)2
Cervical Cap (previous births)2
Spermicide: (gel, foam, suppository, film)
Natural Family Planning
(calendar, temperature, cervical mucus)
1 Used Without Spermicide
2 Used With Spermicide
3 Contains Spermicide