Condoms as birth control. Adequate.
Condoms as preventative health care. Quite good.
Humans just aren't reliable enough for condoms to make it past adequate.
those are not good betting odds for people who really don't want to have a child.
I get the "we're human and make errors", but if you are truly committed to having them serve as birth control, and do use them properly each and every time, they are more like 98% effective. My partners used condoms for years, and I made sure they were used correctly, so I feel I was at the top range, right up there with the pill.
I was surprised, and thought it was a typo when the same site says the pill is only 91% effective when in real life situation. When used properly, they of course are 99% effective.
jeez, 91% is a very scary number.
That's another reason I personally don't care if a male bc pill is developed. It's one thing if you know what your partner is doing. It's quite another if I meet someone, decide to have sex, and am assured by him "I'm on the pill" He may honestly not want to get anyone pregnant. However, I don't know how strict he is with adhering to proper administration. Obviously the same could be said about having faith that a woman isn't going to get pregnant because she tells you she's on the pill. However, for me, that's not important because I only care about what I do. I am the only statistic I'm interested in.
Just musing here....
The statistics can be so misleading and made to say whatever point wants to be made.
Nosing around, I was looking for numbers on the chance of getting pregnant while using no contraception.
The percentages varied, but for convenience sake here I'm going to say that a woman has a 15 to 20% chance of getting pregnant in any particular month she has unprotected sex. But then the number goes up to that there's something like an 85 to 90% chance she'll get pregnant in a year.
Well, who figured out how many times any one particular woman has sex in any particular month or year? One episode of sex in a year when the woman is nowhere near her ovulation days is going to be drastically different from someone who has unprotected sex every month, on each day she's near ovulation. What about someone who just has a lot of sex, most days, all year round? What about the sperm count of the men she's having sex with?
I have to imagine some woman has heard/read there's a 90% chance of getting pregnant, and just gives up on birth control altogether, thinking it's a lost cause. I know this sounds unlikely/ridiculous, but I have met women whose knowledge of reproduction is just that bad, and could/would come to that conclusion.
God, I wish I could remember this one woman who said something so totally outrageous about getting pregnant. It's tickling the edge of my brain. Maybe it'll come to me later. Things like this often do.