Taken perfectly, meaning every day at the same time each day, the Pill has a failure rate of less than 1%. For most women the success rate is more like 98-99.9% so a failure rate of less than 1% to 2%. For women who are not as consistent, who may tend to miss pills or be late in taking them and not using back up as appropriate, the rate can drop to 94-96% effective which is still pretty good. No method of birth control is 100% effective except to not have sex at all. Being consistent is crucial to good success with the Pill. Also be mindful that antibiotics can reduce the effectiveness of the Pill so one needs to use CONDOMS (pulling out before ejaculation is NOT a back up method as men leak sperm all throughout the sex act or intercourse) the whole time you are taking the antibiotics and for seven more days after you finish them. It is also a good idea to always ask your pharmacist if any other medications might interfere with the effectiveness of your birth control pills as there are a few that will. If you use only the Pill consistently, the success rate is pretty high, but using the Pill along with condoms, there is such a slim chance for pregnancy as to be almost nonexistent-less than 1%. You dont really HAVE to use condoms, many women do not, if they have one sex partner and are faithful to one another but using condoms as back up also prevents pregnancy in a mishap like missing pills unintentionally or taking them at erratic times because of a busy schedule. Condoms are not really necessary when you take the Pill consistently and on time but it certainly doesnt hurt to use them, especially if you have multiple sex partners, or if your partner has multiple sex partners. They are more for STD prevention than for contraception but they can certainly help raise the rate of effectiveness if you tend to forget to take your Pill or tend to take it at erratic times so it is up to you as to how much you want peace of mind. Most birth control pills have a rate of one or less women out of one hundred who will get pregnant within a year. Microgestin is a very effective birth control method when used properly, about as good as sterilization (it is just not permanent as sterilization, or tubal ligation/vasectomy, is) The only surefire way to avoid pregnancy is to not have sex.
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