Contraception, or birth control, involves the deliberate prevention of pregnancy. Common contraceptive methods include, but are not limited to, male and female condoms, oral pills, intrauterine devices, contraceptive patches, and contraceptive implants. The use and availability of contraceptives differs greatly by country and region for economic, religious and cultural reasons. In 2016, contraceptive use averted around 2.2 million unplanned pregnancies in developing regions that would have ended in unsafe abortions and an additional 1.9 million that would have ended in unplanned births.
Contraceptive use among adolescents is an important and sometimes controversial issue. A survey from 2011 to 2015 found that 97 percent of teenage girls had used a condom during sexual intercourse in the past, while 60 percent said they had used the withdrawal method, and 54 percent the Pill. Such information highlights the importance of sex education and contraception availability, especially given that women using the withdrawal method have a 22 percent chance of becoming pregnant within the first year of typical use.
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