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How Effective Are Condoms For Birth Control
95-99%: Depending on the pill type, most oral contraceptives are effective in the high 90's percentages. However, it also depends on compliance by the user - miss doses and efficacy quickly drops. While 99% sounds pretty good, that still means about 1 pregnancy in 100 women per year, and if you are that 1 pregnancy, you may not be very happy. The only 100% effective form of birth control is abstinence. ...Read more
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
Very effective: Just like any pill if taken correctly that pill is a generic. ...Read more
Very safe: For almost all women, the pill is very safe. The major risk is with such cardiovascular issues as hypertension or a leg/lung clot. Both are unlikely without a previous history- self or family. Cigarettes def increase the risk heart attack and stroke. But again, very safe and ...Safer by far than pregnancy. ...Read more
Birth control safety: All have a degree of risk, but the ones considered most safe and effective are usually long term types with progesterone, like IUDs and Nexplanon. IUDs come with 3, 5, and 10 years of prevention and are 99.9% effective. The 10 year IUD has no hormone. The Nexplanon device has progesterone and lasts 3 years. Least effective--barrier (condoms), pills. Talk to your doctor about what is best for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: It depends on whether you can be sure you're not pregnant--no sex in the last month, consistent birth control. If no risk of pregnancy, you can do a "quick start" and start anytime. Many doctors advise starting on the first day of a period. Use back up birth control for 7 days if you start anytime other than day 1 of your period. ...Read more
93% effective.: At your age, even with proper use the oral contraceptives (irrespective of low-dose or not) as ~93% effective in preventing undesired pregnancy. Talk to your gynecologist for other contraceptive options, such as the iud that is much more effective in pregnancy prevention and can last up to 10 years without having to remember taking a pill daily. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Safe sex: When used properly condoms have a 2% failure rate for preventing pregnancy. In careless hands, condoms can have an 18% failure rate. So used properly, condoms are very effective , but not perfect. Any time you have sex, there is some risk associated with it. Adding spermicide, a diaphragm or the pill will of course further reduce pregnancy risk. ...Read more
On 100mg of topomax for migraines are birth control pills still a reliable method or what are my birth control options?
May interact: Topamax (topiramate) is a seizure medication that is being used for migraines. There are reports of interaction with birth control pills. There can be less protection from the bcps and less benefit from the topamax (topiramate). Migraines can get worse with bcps. Consider iud. Consider depoprovera. ...Read more
Same as other pills: All birth control pills are more than 95% effective with typical use, But consider a long acting, reversible method of birth control like an implant or IUD so that you don't have to remember to take a birth control pill. Easy to place and fewer side effects as well because they provide a sustained release of hormones at a low dose, so they're very safe! ...Read more
Depends: The Mirena (levonorgestrel) releases progestins directly into the uterus. That thins the lining of the uterus so that a fertilized egg cannot implant. It also causes thicker cervical mucous that obstructs sperm travel, and decreases tubal motility inhibiting the sperm and egg from meeting. The copper t causes inflammation in the uterus that kills the sperm so that conception can't occur. ...Read more
Many options: Permanent options include vasectomy, tubal ligation or essure in office tubal. Long acting methods are implanon, iud's or Depo-Provera provera (medroxyprogesterone). Thier are also vaginal rings or the patch which are very similar to a pill. Finally barrier methods or abstinence. ...Read more
Lots of options: There are lots of birth control methods to choose from. The monthly vaginal ring and weekly skin patch are as effective as pills. There is an injection every 3 months. The most effective options are the implant in the arm or intrauterine devices. Check this interactive tool to learn more: http://www.arhp.org/methodmatch/ ...Read more
What are the contraindications for taking oral birth control (for acne) while having the mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD (for more effective birth control)?
Like Russian roulette: The penis (gun) is loaded & secreting sperm continuously during intercourse. It only takes one healthy sperm getting trough to get you pregnant. If this is your BC method make plans for pregnancy, since it is likely to happen sooner or later. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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