theoretical failure rate

theoretical failure rate

Sexology
A term of art referring to the frequency with which a contraceptive fails to prevent pregnancy when used according to the manufacturer's instructions.
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For implants, the theoretical failure rate and the actual failure rate are almost the same," she said.
According to reports in the literature, the mean failure rate (residual disease) for cryosurgery of CIN III is approximately 15.7%,[9] which is strikingly similar to our in vivo estimate of the predicted theoretical failure rate of 12.5%.
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