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Chances of Getting Pregnant When Using Condoms

Many women choose condoms as their primary means of birth control. Often women will contact Avenue Women’s Center inquiring, “What are my chances of getting pregnant when using condoms?” It’s an excellent question.

Any time you are concerned about a possible pregnancy, know that Avenue Women’s Center is here for you. We offer lab-quality, free pregnancy tests at all of our five Chicagoland locations, and invite you to call or text us today.

Every form of birth control has its own risks and benefits. Condoms are considered a barrier form of birth control, and are often used for extra protection by women using an additional birth control method. When a woman is using only condoms and is wondering her chances of getting pregnant, we have found the following statement from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) to be helpful:

“Out of 100 women per year, 18–28 women will become pregnant when using barrier methods. They work best when they are used correctly every time you have sex. Even one act of sex without using a barrier method can result in pregnancy.”

Consistent use really does make a difference. When condoms are put on (or taken off) midway through having sex, it does impact their effectiveness.

If you have further questions or are concerned about your chances of getting pregnant from a recent experience, please contact us. Our caring staff is here to confidentially discuss your unique concerns, and our free pregnancy tests are highly accurate. We hope to hear from you.

The information provided here is general in nature.  It is not a substitute for a consultation with a medical professional. Before any medical procedure, it is imperative that you discuss your personal medical history, risks, and concerns with your doctor. If you have questions during or after a procedure, your doctor should be immediately contacted. Avenue Women’s Center is not an emergency center.  If you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as bleeding and/or pain, seek immediate medical attention.  Contact your physician, go to an emergency room, or call 911.

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