Contraception and the Law of Probability

In the thick of a pregnancy scare? Freaking out about what to do? You turn to Google, which is convenient and has all the answers. Right? The first article you come across says “No contraceptive is 100% reliable, and some can have side effects.” Great, that’s not helpful. So you hunt for the ‘morning-after’ pill. You read the box: “if you take this within 72 hours after you've had unprotected sex, it can reduce the risk of pregnancy by up to 89%. If you take it within 24 hours, it is about 95% effective.” Even better - you’re putting something in your body that you don’t know if you even need, or what the long term side effects will be. And you don’t even know if it will work.

What about a gynecologist? Well, you tried that route before. The last time you went to the gynecologist for a simple UTI, the receptionist told you you didn’t need a pap smear because you are unmarried. No thanks… not going through that embarrassment again.

Did you know that the most accurate way to detect pregnancy is through a simple blood test? You can get one as early as one week before your period due date. Skip the worrying and just schedule a quick lab test.

Ever had a pregnancy scare? Tell us what you did.