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8. When Birth Control Fails

Reliable birth control methods don't often fail, when used correctly. In fact, the most common reason for birth control failure is improper use.

A birth control's failure rate tells you what percentage of women will get pregnant during the course of a year, even when using that method 100 percent correctly.

It’s important to remember that your chance of getting pregnant varies greatly, depending on where you are in your menstrual cycle, when you have intercourse, and how effectively you use the contraception.

You’re most likely to get pregnant each month during ovulation, which is when an egg is released into the fallopian tubes. Ovulation usually occurs from 12 to 16 days after your period begins.

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