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karilimeade
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What are the chances of getting pregnant if I take my birth control every day at the same time and when I have intercourse I make my boyfriend pull out? Also when he pulls out I ask him to pull out early and finish himself. Normally we also use condoms but we ran out. Also I think he might have a low sperm count. When he finishes there really isn't a lot. Not that I can get pregnant because of that but I know that people trying that have low sperm count usually have a hard time trying to conceive when they are trying.
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So, you can take a look at mathematical effectiveness rates for combining those methods here: The Buddy System: Effectiveness Rates for Backing Up Your Birth Control With a Second Method
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When you do, you'll see that the effectiveness rates for the birth control pill combined with withdrawal are: Combination OCP + Withdrawal = 99.98% effective with perfect use and 97.84% effective with typical use.

Low sperm count isn't something to consider, and a smaller amount of ejaculate also doesn't indicate that, anyway. Just bear in mind, though, that STIs are also a risk with intercourse -- statistically, a bigger risk than pregnancy -- so if you want to prevent those, you'll want to make sure to keep using condoms and stay stocked up.

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karilimeade
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So it's pretty Ohkay to say I'm not pregnant. I know that the only way to be completely sure I won't get pregnant is to stop having sex. But if choose not to stop having sex then I have to stop questioning my birth control. I have done all the reading I possibly can on it. And still every time the week of my cycle comes I get really anxious. I start freaking out a week before its even supposed to start.
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Heather
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I'd say it is, yes.

What do you think about considering more effective methods of contraception? For instance, even though the pill and withdrawal offer you a very, very high level of effectiveness in both perfect (especially perfect) and typical use, using more effective and more foolproof methods combined -- like say, an IUD or implant and condoms -- get you about as close to a zero risk as it gets.

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I have thought about it. But recently my sister in law and her sister as week both got pregnant and they had mirena. My sister in law had no problems but her sister had and ectopic pregnancy. I know there are other options besides mirena. I'm just not very sure about it yet.
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Pregnancy while using an IUD is incredibly rare: almost as rare as being hit by lightening, honestly. By any chance, did they both use the same healthcare provider for their insertions? (And were they both tested for pregnancy before their insertions, and did they both make sure to replace their IUDs on schedule?) I ask because an error with insertion is the way they tend to fail when they do, and after that, not replacing them on time comes in next. Obviously, being pregnant already when an IUD is inserted is an issue, and that happens sometimes, too, even though the protocol is to test before insertion.

And yep, there are other options besides an IUD, and pregnancy IS more likely with a method like the pill than an IUD (and ectopic pregnancy also is a risk). So, I'd not base your choices on their outcomes, if you follow me.

I mean, as someone who has worked in this field, I've encountered a ton of people who have had failures with every single method -- since none are 100%, that's always going to happen sometimes -- so it's important to bear in mind that we hear about more failures than successes, and the studies bear out the effectiveness rates in a far sounder way than anecdotal experiences do.

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Well, I will definitely keep it in mind. Next time I speak with my doctor I will ask her about it. Thanks for the information.
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Sure thing. Happy to talk with you about any method you want to talk about or need information on, too.

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