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A 19-year-old female asked:

which are more reliable: condoms or bc pills? i've been sexually active for 8months & use condoms each time but i still worry, should i use bc instead

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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 36 years experience
For what purpose: If it's pregnancy you wish to prevent, birth control pills, properly used, are more reliable. If it's sexually transmitted disease you wish to prevent, condoms win hands down, because the pill does absolutely zero for that. If it's both you are interested in preventing, then the answer is use both together!

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Last updated Mar 4, 2016

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