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Sex ok without condoms on contraceptive sponge?

Sex ok without condoms on contraceptive sponge?

Doesn't prevent stds: As a contraceptive, the sponge has a high single event contraceptive rate, but as a long term strategy is associated with a fairly high failure rate (approx 20% over a year's time ). The sponge is not a reliable barrier to std transmission. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more


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Used condom properly. No ejaculation. No birth control. Chance of pregnancy? Should i use emergency contraception? (Within 72 hours)

Used condom properly. No ejaculation. No birth control. Chance of pregnancy? Should i use emergency contraception? (Within 72 hours)

Personal choice: Properly used condoms have less than a 2% failure rate, so additional back up plans are your choice. Proper use means the condom is applied before any intercourse, remained snug during sex, and sex stopped if the condom became loose. ...Read more

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Girlfriend 8 days late on period. takes birth control daily, always uses condoms, 2 at home test negative, chances of being pregnant ?

Girlfriend 8 days late on period. takes birth control daily, always uses condoms, 2 at home test negative, chances of being pregnant ?

Not likely: Given girfriend on BCP and you use condoms it is highly unlikely that she is pregnant. You can try another pregnancy test in a few days and if that is still negative then it is not due to pregnancy. ...Read more

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What are advantages of using the combined contraceptive pill over emergency contraception?

What are advantages of using the combined contraceptive pill over emergency contraception?

It works better: Emergency contraception is for emergencies. It can only be used once a month effectively. It also isn't as effective as a regular pill at preventing pregnancy. It shouldn't be used for contraception. Best wishes! ...Read more

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What is a good contraception implanon & pill?

What is a good contraception implanon & pill?

Contraception: Both of these contraceptive methods have positive and negative attributes. Please discuss with your doctor to determine the contraceptive method that is right for you. ...Read more

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Missed 1 birth control pill in 1st week of pack. Is back up method needed?

Missed 1 birth control pill in 1st week of pack. Is back up method needed?

Would be a good idea: A back up method is always a good idea if you have not been 100% compliant with the pill. Even with 100% compliance the pill is not 100% effective in preventing pregnancy. ...Read more

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What must I use to measure medication? Table spoon?

What must I use to measure medication? Table spoon?

A syringe is helpful: Using a syringe to measure liquid medications is very helpful. A teaspoon is 5 cc and a tablespoon is 15 cc. You could also use a measuring spoon. ...Read more

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Would using Plan B while on birth control ensure no pregnancy?

Would using Plan B while on birth control ensure no pregnancy?

You do not need Pl B: If you are on birth control pills you do not need to take plan b birth control pills if taken correctly will prevent pregnancy. ...Read more

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Should I use spermicide as contraception? Is spermicide a good form of contraception?

Should I use spermicide as contraception? Is spermicide a good form of contraception?

Not as good as other: If 100 couples use spermicides alone for birth control for a year, 28/100 will get pregnant in typical use. Even if used perfectly, 18/100 will get pregnant. There are many other more effective methods of birth control. See http://www.Contraceptivetechnology.Org/table.Html for a chart showing contraceptive options from less to more effective. ...Read more

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Are emergency contraceptive pill safe for a girl under 18 ?

Are emergency contraceptive pill safe for a girl under 18 ?

Probably: 18 years of age is a more acceptable age group for me with a bit more maturity. ...Read more

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On BCP(combo pill),use male condoms,&pull out method.always check condoms by fillin w/Water.No tears/leaks ever.Chance of pregnancy in this situation?

On BCP(combo pill),use male condoms,&pull out method.always check condoms by fillin w/Water.No tears/leaks ever.Chance of pregnancy in this situation?

Unlikely: Women who take their birth control pills correctly, are protected every day, all the time. They have no fertile days, so it doesn't matter what added birth control methods are used. Pregnancy is very unlikely. If still worried, one can do a home pregnancy test 3 weeks after sex. Tests are inexpensive and sold in stores everywhere. In the US, condoms are reliable so users need not check for leaks. ...Read more

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What is safe contraceptive to use birth control pills or IUD for a highblood woman? 25 yrs old with 2 kids smoker

What is safe contraceptive to use birth control pills or IUD for a highblood woman? 25 yrs old with 2 kids smoker

Consider iid: You should consider long-acting reversible contraceptives (larc)--2 types of iuds and a small rod placed under the skin. All very effective (the most effective methods--as effective as sterilization), and last 5 or 10 years (iuds) or 3 years (implant). Low rates of side effects, and the hormone iud has low levels of hormones and benefits of lighter periods. Smokers have higher risks with bc pill. ...Read more

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Concerning the prolonged period >15 days while using marvelon , contraceptive pills?

Concerning  the prolonged period >15 days while using marvelon , contraceptive pills?

Hormonal adjustment : Sounds like the system is getting used to the new regimen. Give it about three cycles (months). If the bleeding is still irregular, a work up (ob/gyn) would be reasonable. ...Read more

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Are emergency contraceptive pills (ecps) the same as the abortion pill?

Are emergency contraceptive pills (ecps) the same as the abortion pill?

No: Emergency contraception is basically a specific way to take birth control pills that work to prevent ovulation. Ec will not abort a pregnancy once it is established. This is why it need to be taken as soon after unprotected intercourse as possible to work. ...Read more

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Birth Control (Definition)

Also known as contraception, birth control is a method to prevent pregnancy. Some methods of birth control include a vasectomy, tubal ligation, oral contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, hormone injections, condoms, diaphragms, sponges, ...Read more