Are you relying on birth controls as your family planning method? Keep reading…
Birth control pills are a great way to avoid pregnancy and allow you to live the life you want to live baby-free, but only if used correctly and consistently. When used as the manufacturers and healthcare providers intend, oral contraceptives have a failure rate of less than 1%. Pretty good statistic. But due to human error (forgetting to take the pill, taking them at various times of the day everyday, etc), the actual failure rate is actually higher.
Studies have shown that the failure rates of oral contraceptive pills are higher in women with higher body mass indices (BMI), women who already who children, and women with lower educational levels. So clearly the take home message for pill users are to achieve and maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise (BMI should be 18.5 – 24.9), delay childbearing until you’re ready (financially, emotionally, mentally, etc.), and obtain a high school diploma or higher. Reach for the stars!
Of course, there’s always the option to switch to a more effective birth control methods, such as Depo injection, Nexplanon, Mirena/Paragard IUDs, or permanent methods. I personally love IUDs, but speak with your healthcare provider to decide on a method that is best for you and your situation.
Remember ladies, to keep a healthy demeanor, both inside and out.