How affective are condoms? I'll be more sexually active soon and am not on birth control but I will ALWAYS use condoms. Is this safe? Or bad idea?

Efficacy. 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. It never hurts to have double protection.

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I just became sexually active, no birth control just use condoms and my period was late by 4 days I have cramps afterwards is that normal?

Pregnancy test. Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections & hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test . There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. Read more...

I haven't had a period in 6 months. I'm not on any birth control, I'm sexually active but we wear protection. Any ideas to what's happening?

Possibly pregnant. Contraceptives are less than 100% effective, and any change in your cycles could be due to pregnancy. Beyond that, no cycles for 6 months should be evaluated by a physician. Read more...

If you are sexually active what should you use a condom or take birth control pills? If so what type of pills?

More info required. If you are using the condom that would be a female condom. You can use bc pills, but they have their problems including increasing stroke risk and don't protect from vd. Condoms can break, but at least they won't give you a stroke. I suggest you visit: planned parenthood basics, lakewood – lakewood, ca 5519 e. Del amo blvd lakewood, ca 90713 p: 800.576.5544 | f: 213.284.3380. Read more...

I'm sexually active again&recently decided to go on birth control&this is my 3rd pill of my 1st month im wonderin when can I start not using a condom?

Take your time. The pill works by fooling your body into thinking you are pregnant, saving your eggs (not releasing them).Most providers suggest you give your body a month to adjust before relying on the pill alone. Condoms are also a good idea at your age as double coverage because they reduce the chance of STD's.A couple of the STD's can make you sterile. I know thinking ahead can be a bummer, but that's a pbm. Read more...

I've been sexually active for a few months and recently started bleeding during sex with my boyfriend. We always use condoms and I'm on birth control?

Get tested. There are several possible causes. I recommend that you see your clinician, who can perform a speculum and pelvic exam to rule out any lesions, cuts, or inflammation, and order tests to rule out any sexually transmitted infections. If all above are negative, they can prescribe a hormonal contraceptive, which may help reduce or eliminate this problem, while also preventing an unintended pregnancy. Read more...

I was wondering why my period which is usually 3-4 days only lasted 1 day. I am sexually active no birth control. This never happened before.

Do a Test. I would advise that you do a pregnancy test first. Second, please breathe and think on your decision to not protect against pregnancy. There is a lot of life at stake here if you are pregnant. Birth control works. Read more...

I started to bleed/spot lightly around ovulation. Is this normal? I'm 29 and never had this before. Not sexually active no birth control no kids. Worry?

Ovulation. This is not uncommon around the time of ovulation. If this is the only time that it happens and you are having no other symptoms this is probably all that it is. Hope this helps. Read more...
VERY norma; Its called "Mittleschmerz" = German for pain or spotting in the "middle" of your cycle....normal ...not to worry!! Read more...