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Updated on Tuesday, December 8

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QUESTION:

I've been told that to avoid getting pregnant, I should be taking birth control as well as using condoms. Is this true? Or will I be safe with just condoms?

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  1. Neither is 100% effective so a lot of people prefer to double down by using both. Condoms can break or be used incorrectly and birth control is a good back-up, and - if you're bad about taking your bc when you should - condoms are a good choice.

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  2. Have you considered other kinds of birth control? I have a mirena iud and it is awesome!

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    1. Hey 2, question: Do you also use condoms with your IUD? My SO and I are considering dumping the condoms and BC pills for the IUD.

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    2. IUDs work, but anyone who has any kind of reproductive system issues - like cystic ovaries, endometriosis, or fibroids - should NOT get one. High risk of complications. Anyone considering an IUD should have an ultrasound first to make sure everything is normal.

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    3. 2a: i still use condoms if I'm sleeping with someone I don't know super well or if I don't want to have to clean up after. with current SO, we often don't use them.

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  3. well both have a very high percentage of preventing pregnancies. If each is 98% effective used alone, then used togther they will be 99.6% effective. I don't know the actual percentage so you should look that up and calculate.

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  4. If you fuck once a day, on average you get pregnant 6 times a year. Cool.

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    1. Ummm where do you get that figure lol? Just because the device fails doesn't even mean you'll get pregnant. Woman has to be ovulating (or close to it) and the man's sperm has to be healthy enough to actual form a zygote with the egg. You could legitimately use no protection whatsoever and still not get pregnant (though that's a terrible idea if you don't want kids). A lot of couples take a long time to get pregnant even when they're trying.

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    2. lol fuck. I somehow interpreted it as the ultimate fail. i.e get pregnant.

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  5. The pill plus pullout = 8 years and no babies for me

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  6. I've been on only the pill and no other birth control for 3 years. I'm not super diligent with the pill and sometimes miss one here and there. No pregnancy scares yet. I'm starting to think that I might be infertile. Hehe.

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    1. Same here, which is cool for now but seems like it will be problematic later in life.

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  7. Chastity would help I imagine...

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