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How Effective Are Condoms For Birth Control
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
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
How effective are Trojan condoms alone? My bf and I will only be using these as birth control. Are They reliable?
9if used correctly: And every time they are @90-95 % effective. ...Read more
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
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
I'm scared of using birth control pills but I've been told condoms are a lot less effective. Is this true?
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
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
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
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
Is the morning after pill effective if taken within 55 hours after intercourse? Intercourse was protected with condom & birth control pill.
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
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
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
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
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
Other barrier method: Spermacidal cream, jel, film, diaphragm.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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