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A 27-year-old female asked:

i'm scared of using birth control pills but i've been told condoms are a lot less effective. is this true?

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Dr. Steven Warren
Family Medicine 9 years experience
Yes yes: birth control pills are more effective but if you have regular cycles and know about when you ovulate you can avoid that time and due a condom other times and be fairly safe. Pregnancy can occur with any method but birth control pills are the easiest for most people

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A 32-year-old member asked:

Besides condoms, what other forms of birth control don't have the side effects of birth control pills?

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Dr. Gerard Honore
Fertility Medicine 29 years experience
Barrier methods?: Well, depends on which side effects you're asking about, all methods have their own side effect profile. Barrier methods like a diaphragm have no side effect, and iuds have no estrogenic side effects.
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A 19-year-old female asked:

If you are sexually active what should you use a condom or take birth control pills? If so what type of pills?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kenneth Stoller
Dr. Kenneth Stolleranswered
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
More info required: If you are using the condom that would be a female condom. You can use bc pills, but they have their problems including increasing stroke risk and don't protect from vd. Condoms can break, but at least they won't give you a stroke. I suggest you visit: planned parenthood basics, lakewood – lakewood, ca 5519 e. Del amo blvd lakewood, ca 90713 p: 800.576.5544 | f: 213.284.3380.
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A 16-year-old male asked:

My girlfriend is now talking birth control pills. Is it reeeaaaallly necisarry I use a condom. Because to be honest, i don't want to.

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Dr. Ahmed Elkoulily
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Yes better : It's better to use condom , because it is safe sex. And more contraception a lot of girls forget to take it everyday.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How good are condoms and birth control pills with perfect use?

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Dr. David Krulak
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Contraception: The CDC does not estimate effectiveness with perfect use, rather with typical use. Given that, pills are 91% effective and condoms 82%. Others have estimated that with perfect use pills are 99.7% effective and condoms are 98%.

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