The ideal contraceptive would be 100% effective; 100% safe; cheap and easy to distribute; independent of intercourse, memory and the medical profession; easily reversible; acceptable to all and used or visible to the female.

Pearl Index

A measure of the effectiveness of a method of contraception.  It is measured as the failure rate per 100 women (total accidental pregnancies × 1200 ÷ total months exposure).


It is important to ask (where relevant) a woman of reproductive age whether she is using any form of contraception; whether she would like to hear about the options for contraception and be able to give her all the information about these options.

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