It occurs extra typically than you may suppose. Nearly half of all pregnancies within the U.S. are unplanned.

“If you happen to’re a lady and haven’t gone by way of menopause but, then it’s doable so that you can get pregnant,” says Siobhan Dolan, MD, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and ladies’s well being at Albert Einstein Faculty of Medication.

You’ll be able to take steps to enhance your probabilities of conceiving solely while you’d prefer to.

Because the saying goes, the one type of contraception that’s 100% efficient is abstinence. “More often than not, contraceptiondoes work, however ‘accidents’ can occur,” Dolan says.

Condoms, contraception tablets, intrauterine units (IUDs), and different strategies normally work 80% to greater than 90% of the time. And everlasting contraception, like feminine sterilization or male vasectomy, has a failure price of lower than 1%.

If you happen to use contraception mistaken, your probabilities of getting pregnant go up. Typically it’s apparent that it didn’t work, like when a condom breaks. In that case, you could wish to take a second step, just like the over-the-counter “morning after” capsule. It may possibly forestall being pregnant as much as 5 days after unprotected intercourse. However in case you don’t discover an error like a small gap in a condom, or that you simply missed your each day capsule, you possibly can turn out to be pregnant.

The only greatest cause for unplanned being pregnant isn’t ineffective contraception — it’s from a pair not utilizing anycontraception. “Some girls could not use contraception usually, and others by no means,” says Maureen Phipps, MD, chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Girls and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. “They might not prefer it, may not have entry to it, or could also have a associate who does not need them to make use of it.”

Many instances, girls or their companions aren’t positive if they need a toddler or not, Phipps says. “They’re not planning [to have a baby], however they’re not actively attempting to keep away from being pregnant, both. They usually find yourself getting pregnant.”

Some girls don’t understand that they might get pregnant. If you happen to’ve struggled with infertility previously, don’t have common durations, or are in perimenopause (the time interval earlier than menopause, which may result in mild or irregular durations), it’s nonetheless doable so that you can conceive, although you don’t count on it.

If you happen to nonetheless get your durations — even when they aren’t common — and also you don’t wish to get pregnant, you “ought to preserve utilizing contraception,” Dolan says.

When you undergo menopause (which means you are now not menstruating and it’s been a full yr because you’ve had a interval), then it’s secure to imagine you possibly can have intercourse with out contraception and never get pregnant. You’ll nonetheless want to guard your self from sexually transmitted illnesses, although.

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