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How much more effective are condoms than birth control?

How much more effective are condoms than birth control?

Condoms/BC Pills: They are effective in birth control and prevention of vds, which bc pills are not only if used proprly. ...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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What is more effective: condoms or birth control?

BCPs: Both condoms and birth control pills are effective if used properly. It is easier to use birth control pills correctly, so they end up being more effective, but they offer no protection from stds at all. If you really want to be effective, use both at the same time. ...Read more

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What is the most effective form of birth control? What is the most effective form of contraception aside from condoms?

Abstinence: Abstinence is actually the only 100% effective form of contraception. Condoms are actually not the most effective form of contraception either given the chance of breakage of misuse or forgetting to use them every time, but they do help protect against sexually transmitted infections. Other forms that are equally or more effective if used properly are iud's (intrauterine devices) which are small pieces of plastic or copper that are inserted into the uterus in the doctor's office with minimal discomfort and no anesthesia needed that can stay in for 5-10 years and be easily removed if future pregnancy is desired, a vaginal ring that you yourself put into the vagina once per month, a contraceptive patch that goes on the skin. There are also permanent procedures including tubal ligation (tubes tied) and essure for women and vasectomy for men when people are done having children. There are also a bunch of different kinds of birth control pills that are highly effective if taken correctly. There are a few other ones as well, but aren't used very often. ...Read more

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Is there any over-the-counter birth control that is very reliable? If so, what kind? I know condoms are effective but I'm insecure and rather use BC.

Is there any over-the-counter birth control that is very reliable? If so, what kind? I know condoms are effective but I'm insecure and rather use BC.

Birth control: The only form of birth control that is 100% effective is abstinence. Oral contraceptives, condoms, iud's and implantable forms of birth control all have a known failure rate. Even surgical options like tubal libation and vasectomy can fail. Nature is a very persistent thing. It would be foolish to rely on any OTC or supplemental birth controls to actually prevent pregnancy. ...Read more

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Are condoms an effective birth control when used as the sole contraceptive?

Are condoms an effective birth control when used as the sole contraceptive?

Not 100%: With proper application technique & consistent (100%) use of condoms for each episode of vaginal intercourse there is a 2%/ year pregnancy rate. With an average degree of compliance there is a 15%/ year pregnancy rate. ...Read more

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

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

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 ...Read more

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First time starting birth control, had protected sex with a condom the 4th day of starting it. Could I still get pregnant? How effective is it?

First time starting birth control, had protected sex with a condom the 4th day of starting it. Could I still get pregnant? How effective is it?

Should be okay: Many docs suggest you use a second form of contraceptive (condom) for the first month after you start the pill, to be sure your body has acclimated to the med. The med companies often state you are protected by their pill alone after 2 wks of use. I tend to recommend the month. It may be overkill but you won't regret being extra cautious. ...Read more

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I know the " pull out method" isn't a birth control, but how effective can it be if you aren't using a condom are on the Depo-Provera shot?

I know the " pull out method" isn't a birth control, but how effective can it be if you aren't using a condom are on the Depo-Provera shot?

Not very...: It is a contraceptive technique that must be done correctly. And it's difficult to perform correctly. Planned Parenthood reports that if it ALWAYS is done correctly 4 out of 100 women will get pregnant each year. If it is not done correctly 27 out of 100 women will get pregnant in a year. It also doesn't protect you from STDs. In my mind...not a great option. ...Read more

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Does birth control pills become less effective if you have sex without a condom during one of the fertility days? Even if you're a perfect pill user

Does birth control pills become less effective if you have sex without a condom during one of the fertility days? Even if you're a perfect pill user

No, you are ok: The birth control pills, if you are taking them regularly, are very effective. Having sex or not does not change that they prevent the ovary from producing an egg. It only if you don't take it regularly that an egg can break through. ...Read more

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If you take birth control pills regularly (Reclipsen) is there a need for condoms if stds are not a concern? Is it more effective? He always pulls out

If you take birth control pills regularly (Reclipsen) is there a need for condoms if stds are not a concern? Is it more effective? He always pulls out

Not really: Compliant birth control pill use is 99% effective in pregnancy prevention. STD may always be a risk but much less likely in a monogamous relationship where both partners have been tested for STD. Condom use is an added layer of protection but given the significantly low rate of pregnancy on BCP, addition of condoms really doesn't change the rate of pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is the morning after pill effective if taken within 55 hours after intercourse? Intercourse was protected with condom & birth control pill.

Yes, but....: Yes. Most should be used within 72 hours of intercourse. But why would you feel the need to use emergency contraception if a condom was used properly & you have consistently used oral contraceptives (for at least a month)? ...Read more

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How effective are birth control pills when taken properly, and using a condom during sexual intercourse. What is the chance of becoming pregnant?

How effective are birth control pills when taken properly, and using a condom during sexual intercourse. What is the chance of becoming pregnant?

Perfect use: With perfect use (not missing any pills) a woman has about a 4 % chance of becoming pregnant over course of 1 year using that method. Condom perfect use percentage is 30% over course of 1 year. When combined, these 2 methods approach 99%. A great combination, by the way, as prevents STDs and pregnancy using condoms with birth control pills. ...Read more

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I am breastfeeding, can I use condoms for birth control?

I am breastfeeding, can I use condoms for birth control?

Sure: There is no reason that condoms cannot be used by a man. Condoms are available in latex and non-latex, and in different sizes. They are easily available in stores everywhere. ...Read more

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How good is a condom with out birth control?

Very if...: If used correctly - put on the penis early, no tears, isn't allowed to fall off/out - it is about 98-99% effective. Condoms work very well without extra birth control. If not used correctly, it can be worthless. ...Read more

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How can birth control work and condom question?

How can birth control work and condom question?

May need to break: This up into more than one question. Recommend asking one clear and specific question per entry. Re-ask. ...Read more

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Do I need to use condoms if I'm on birth control?

No: If the purpose is to prevent pregnancy. If risk of STD is present then condom will help protect from certain STDs ...Read more

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Do we need to use both condoms and birth control?

Do we need to use both condoms and birth control?

Depends: Condoms will provide your best (but not 100%) protection against sexually transmitted infections, as well as decent protection against pregnanct. To use both would make pregnancy less likely while proving the std protection as best as possible. ...Read more

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Do I need to use a condom when using birth control?

Do I need to use a condom when using birth control?

Contraceptive condom: A condom is not only a contraceptive, but also a means to help protect against infection with the HIV virus. Hormonal contraceptives are very poor protection against hiv. The best protection is a mutually monogamous relationship between std negative partners. ...Read more

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What is better in your opinion, birth control or condoms?

Both: Condoms are better (not perfect) at preventing stds, compared to birth control methods like pills, etc - which don't provide any protection from stds, but birth control (pills, shots, iuds, rings, implantable rods) is much better at preventing pregnancy than condoms alone. ...Read more

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Where I can receive for free the birth control such as condoms?

Public clinics: Public clinics largely dealing with aids usually have free condoms. They are also at facilities like planned parenthood. Medications like the birth control pills are rarely free but sometimes samples are at gynecologist offices. ...Read more

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I'm wondering what is the best birth control solution (no condoms)?

I'm wondering what is the best birth control solution (no condoms)?

IUD/Implant: Regardless of your age, blood pressure, family history, or reactions to other birth control, the most effective and safest methods of birth control are long-acting progestin-only methods, such as the implant or the hormonal IUD, which decrease rates of endometrial cancer and decrease bleeding. They're safe, reversible, and don't affect weight gain/mood. They're almost as good as getting sterilized ...Read more

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Receiving birth control shots; would we be okay not using a condom?

If u: Are on the shots and are getting them at the correct time and are not worried about any stds then you should not need the condom. ...Read more

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Should I continue to use condoms if my girlfriend is on the birth control patch?

Should I continue to use condoms if my girlfriend is on the birth control patch?

Condoms help: Prevent stds, if the patch is used correctly she should not get pg, if she is your age or in her late 30s she should be on a lower dose of hormones if possible as the patch has a higher dose of hormones and 3x more chance for blood clot even though the chance is still low. ...Read more

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Is sex without condoms safe if you are on birth control and only with one person?

Is sex without condoms safe if you are on birth control and only with one person?

Not necessarily: That one person could have something, the only way to be safe is for that person to be tested to r/o stds and make sure that person is only having sex with one person (you). ...Read more

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How long does it take for birth control to work before you can go without condoms?

How long does it take for birth control to work before you can go without condoms?

Depends: Many suggest you have a 2nd BC until your body gets used to the pill, or about a month. Some pill makers say their product is effective after 2 wks. I like to err on the side of caution. ...Read more

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2 months on birth control used a condom and it broke. I've been on combined birth control.

Should not lead to: Pregnancy if you have been faithful with your BCPs! I would still encourage the use of condoms becuase of your age and STD prevention! ...Read more

Condoms (Definition)

These are mostly closed end tubes of latex and occasionally other materials to cover the penis during intercourse and prevent pregnancy and disease transmission. A wise person uses them when the history of their partner is unknown. There are some available for women's use ...Read more


Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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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