Typical use means how well the method works when real people in real life use it, whereas perfect use means how well the method works when it’s used in a clinical trial. Since life isn’t a clinical trial, we recommend paying closer attention to typical use numbers. On the other hand, if your birth control of choice has a lower typical use rate, you can get closer to the perfect use number by learning to use your method correctly and consistently.
What's the difference between typical use and perfect use?
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