Nurses deal on a regular basis with women who have played Russian roulette with their birth control, but a new study suggests more than half of British women take unnecessary risks with their contraception.
Some 58% admit taking a chance when it comes to their birth control, with more than a third having had unprotected sex at least five times.
Forgetting to take the contraceptive Pill is a common occurrence, according to a study conducted by Bayer Healthcare - almost 50% of women struggle to remember to take it.
Meanwhile, of the 58% who admit taking risks, some 39% said they simply forget about contraception.
Despite being forgetful, it appears few women have looked into long-acting reversible contraceptives that do not have to be remembered every time intercourse takes place - some 16% use these forms of birth control.
Not wanting to “ruin the moment” was also a common excuse for neglecting to use contraception, for one in 10 of the 3,000 women surveyed.
Sexual health and contraception specialist Dr Caroline Cooper said: “It’s shocking that women are taking these risks as there are long-acting contraceptive options that don’t have to be remembered every time you have intercourse, allowing women to enjoy a full and active sex life without chancing an unwanted pregnancy.”