Can You Get Pregnant While On Birth Control?

The simple answer to this question is; yes.  However, the rates of pregnancy vary greatly depending on what type of birth control you use and how well you use (or how regularly you take) your birth control.  Here is a chart that shows the percentage of woman that will get pregnant while on specific types of birth control.

Natural Methods

No method of birth control  85%

Natural family planning   1-9%

Withdrawal     4%

Barrier Methods

Sponge (with no previous births)   9%

Diaphragm     6%

Spermicide (alone)    6%

Condom (female)    5%

Condom (male)     3%

Hormonal Methods

Norplant    0.09%

Depo-Provera Shot    0.3%

Birth Control Pill (Estrogen/Progestin)  0.1%

Mini-pill (Progestin only)    0.5%

As this chart shows, rates of pregnancy vary greatly, but it is possible to get pregnant while you are using birth control.  If you do not wish to get pregnant, you can combine methods to increase your chances of not getting pregnant.  For instance, you can use a condom with a spermicide to lower your chances of getting pregnant to around 1%.  To get the full benefit of birth control you must educate yourself on the proper use of your specific type of birth control.



Leila Pereira
Leila Pereira
I work in occupational therapy and occupational science. I specialize in early intervention pediatrics for children from birth to three years old; with an emphasis on children with autism. My goals are to support the achievement of developmental milestones in your child while collaborating with caregivers & parents; including play skill development, education, leisure, rest and sleep, feeding, nutrition and social participation. Licensed by the California Board of Occupational Therapy

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