A recent Guttmacher Institute report gives a good picture of how greatly contraception can affect pregnancy rates. Looking only at women who are at risk for unintended pregnancy, the report found that two-thirds of these women use contraception consistently and correctly throughout the year and, as a result, accounted for only five percent of unintended pregnancies. However, women who use contraception inconsistently or incorrectly account for 43 percent of these pregnancies. The remaining 16 percent — women who do not use contraception for a month or more — make up 52 percent of all unintended pregnancies.
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