Closing the Effectiveness Gap
For most people, the most important reason given for choosing a particular contraceptive method is how well it protects against pregnancy. Many contraceptive users, however, do not achieve the protection from pregnancy that they want. To achieve the best possible contraceptive protection against unintended pregnancy, family planning clients must make an informed decision to choose, from among available methods suitable to their individual circumstances, the one that combines the greatest inherent effectiveness with their own ability to use it correctly and consistently. This report reviews each method's effectiveness and suggests ways that family planning programs can improve contraceptive counseling to facilitate the effective use of contraception.