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According to the FPA (Family Planning Association) survey, conducted in the UK during Contraceptive Awareness Week in February of 2007, half (50%) of the respondents gave the wrong answer or didn't know when is a woman's most fertile time (the interval of time in her menstrual cycle when she is able to get pregnant).

It could be your daughter, your sister, your friend or yourself. Are you at risk of not knowing your interval of time to conceive?

According to statistics, 34.5 million women in the United States are in need of contraception services and supplies. Half of them need publicly supported contraceptive services because they have incomes below the poverty level, and this doesn't include the nearly 5 million sexually active teenagers with the same needs. These numbers are based on the notion that they need to use expensive methods and chemicals every month.

Here are some eye-opening numbers straight from the National Center for Health Statistics:

The leading contraceptive method among women aged 15-29: The Pill (can you hear the sound that billions of dollars are making settling in some of the pharmaceuticals pockets?...)

  • Percentage of women aged 15-44 using the pill: 19%
  • Percentage of women aged 15-44 using female sterilization: 17%
  • Percentage of women aged 15-44 relying on male sterilization: 6%

According to the National Survey of Family Growth, Contraceptive Failure Rates are as follows:

  • The Pill: 7%
  • Condom: 16%
  • Diaphragm: 22%
  • Spermicide: 30%

According to Planned Parenthood, the majority of women who abort their babies were using contraception when they became pregnant. An IUD (Intrauterine Device) can damage the uterus while in place, up to 15% of women "lose" their IUD's, and in 12% of women it grows into their uterus. Every seventh woman can get pregnant while using an IUD, and more than 40% of women who get pregnant while on an IUD, develop an extra uterine pregnancy (such as a tubular pregnancy), lose the fetus, or give birth prematurely. An IUD often causes pain, inflammation, and worst of all, provokes cancer.

The effectiveness of contraceptive pills depends on external influences (climate, ecology) as well as on subjective factors such as diet, stress level, emotions, and having an orgasm. The main point is that any interference with the hormonal activities of the female body has never been without consequences for any woman.

Some of the consequences may be hidden at first, but after many years, when you least expect them, they surface and become more apparent. A book could be written about the harm that oral contraceptives cause to women.

Not a happy picture at all, is it?