What is your solution to this dilemma?
The most common forms of birth control are condoms and various Estrogen & progestogen options. The real world efficacy of these methods ranges from 3% to 15% cite. If you consider the law of large numbers you must realize some very frightening things.
I am going to use a conservative educated estimate of 8 million American single women*(see below) in my sample but the number is probably higher. Possibly as high as 30 million single American women having regular sex so none of this business about my statistics being faulty. M’kay? If you really want to be stuffy about the statistics, move the decimal over one place.
So 8 million single women in America are having regular sex. If we apply the contraceptive efficacy to this number we arrive at some shocking results.
At 3% efficacy: 0.03 X 8 million = 240,000 unwanted pregnancies each year.
At 15% efficacy: 0.15 X 8 million = 1,200,000 unwanted pregnancies each year.
If we combine both (The pill AND using a condom) we arrive at:
15% X 3% = 0.0045 X 8,000,000 = 36,000 unwanted pregnancies each year.
Even if you divide these numbers by 10, you still arrive at an extremely large number of unwanted pregnancies each year! And that is out of a country that is a mere 5% of the global population. We really should multiply these numbers by 20!!! And don’t forget that these numbers will repeat NEXT YEAR and even more the following year! Since the population keeps rising the numbers will only go up each year.
Now keep in mind that these statistics are for PROTECTED sex. This is for women who engage in sex outside of marriage who think that they are being responsible. But how responsible is one million unwanted pregnancies each year? Or a quarter million? Or 30,000?
The only conclusion that we can reach from this is that sex DOES have consequences to society. You MUST consider the very real possibility that you will get pregnant, EVEN IF YOU ARE “SAFE.”
So what should we as a people do about this issue? Do you even think that something SHOULD be done about it or do you prefer to just ignore it? Maybe you think there are more pressing matters, like healthcar… oh wait… this IS a healthcare issue. Ok, maybe it’s more important to tackle economi… oh wait! This is an economic issue too!
Surely it’s time to deal with this issue. Well, what can we do about it??
I know there are options individually that YOU might do. Combine birth control methods for example. That generally raises the efficacy to over 99.9% but most people will not combine methods, and even if people do you can see from the numbers above that there will still be a significant number of unwanted pregnancies occurring each year.
It’s time to stop putting this issue on the back burner. Well, what’s your solution? Is there one? Should there be one? Do you recognize that this is a problem? Or are you okay with these numbers as long as you aren’t one of these millions of women?
- I couldn’t find any statistics showing the number of women having regular sex so I’m going to have to use a bit of license here using other statistics to determine a reasonable number of single women having regular sex.
64.2% of all women in the US are said to be sexually satisfied. Cite We’ll use a sample composed of single women at the age range of 15-64.
Per the U.S. Census Bureau there were approximately 101,873,920 women between the ages of 15 and 64 in the United States in July 2008. Cite
51.1% of women between the ages of 15 and 64 were single in Cite
So that means that in 2008 there were 52,087,870 single women in the United States.
If we apply the sexually satisfied statistic to this number we arrive at a total of 33,440,412 sexually satisfied single women.
Now I recognize that much of the 64.2% of the women are married so I’ll cut the end result in half… no I’ll make it 25% just to be sure. That will give us 8,360,103… so let’s round it down to 8 million single women in the United States having regular sex. I think that number is a pretty darned reasonable estimate. In fact the real number is probably much higher. If you aren’t satisfied with my numbers I encourage you to do the math yourself. Even if your numbers are 10% of mine the end results will still be shocking.