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When it comes to avoiding pregnancy, there are a lot of different forms of contraception that can offer protection. From condoms to the pill and other long-lasting methods like the coil and implant, women have more options than ever when it comes to avoiding the pitter patter of tiny feet until they're ready.

However, many women are still relying on ineffective methods when it comes to protection during intercourse, putting them at risk of unwanted pregnancy.

Around one in five women are still using the pull-out method of birth control, according to the fertility app Glow. This method of birth control has a massive 28 per cent failure rate and still puts people at risk of getting sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

According to the app's recent survey, 18 per cent of women still use withdrawal as a method of birth control, meaning it is the third most popular form.

The main issue with this method is human error, as you need to ensure you pull out in time. Failing to do so can put you at risk of pregnancy, however, there is still the issue of pre-ejaculate, which often contains live sperm and can cause pregnancy even if you do pull out correctly.

Even if you do avoid pregnancy, you could contract an STI and end up passing it on to other people without realising, which can be damaging to your and their health.

In comparison to this method, condoms are around 98 per cent effective and the pill is 99 per cent trustworthy. This means that opting for one of these offers you a much greater level of protection, from pregnancy, while combining the two can help protect you almost completely from STIs too.

Condoms don't have to ruin the mood either, as they are quick and simple to put on before intercourse, ensuring you don't get an unwanted surprise in a few weeks time.