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heythereyou
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Hey guys,
First of all, this website is really cool. Great service.

So i have been on the pill (yaz) for a few years now for my acne and it has worked really well for that. I have been sexually active for the past year and we always use condoms as well. I am pretty good at taking it, and don't have sex until after seven consecutive days of pills if i miss one or am on anti biotics etc.

But recently i have been anxious that i will still get pregnant. I have been thinking about getting the implant as it is more effective but i know this probably won't help my skin. And it might have bad side effects, which yaz doesn't have for me. I have looked into diaphragms too but i am already prone to utis. I think i am overly anxious right now because we recently had a scare, where my period was late. But it came.

Any advice?

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Heather
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Welcome to the boards, heythereyou. [Smile]

The implant and the pill are equally effective in perfect use: it's typical use where they differ, because unlike with the pills, there's realy nothing you, as a user, can do to make the implant less effective.

But if you're taking all your pills on time every day, you probably already have that same level of effectiveness. (And while this might just be about making you feel better, and is obviously fine to do, there's actually no need to wait seven days of every active pill cycle before engaging in sex: so long as you have taken pills on time, even after your placebo period, your pill is equally effective every day of your cycle.)

Do you feel like the timing is right, right now, for you to be engaging in sex with even the world's tiniest risk of pregnancy? You might not always be up to even that: we aren't always.

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heythereyou
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Thanks for your reply. I just mentioned the seven day think in the case of a missed pill, which is what the leaflet says.

I think in a week or two i will be more relaxed about it and maybe think clearer. If the pill suits me, and i take t as perfectly as i can, it would probably be wrong to panic and rush into the implant decision. If i didn't have the acne thing to consider as well, then i probably would change.

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Heather
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Right, that's what you do when you DO miss a pill. You don't need to do that if you haven't. But again, if that's just something to make you feel more secure, not like there's anything wrong with that!

Sounds like you've had some stresses in the last couple weeks, and are saying that you could perhaps use a week or two to get grounded again? If so, why not just take this kind of sex off the table for now to give yourself that time?

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Heather
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Btw, it's not like you can't switch methods if that's something you want to do.

I'd just say that it often takes a while for people to find a method that works for them, so if and when we do, we usually want to hold onto that while it's a good fit for us.

Of course, the cost aside, it's not like you couldn't try the implant, see how it works, then go back to the Yaz if you didn't find it helped. At the same time, if your concern in that you're not believing in the effectiveness of the pill in perfect use, I'd figure it probably wouldn't be any different with the implant, you know?

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heythereyou
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Yeah i know what you mean. You're right too! I am just a worrier and had a scare.

I think i will take a little break from sex, until i calm down, continue using my pill and think about it again when i finish my packs and need a new prescription.

Thanks for your help!

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heythereyou
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Yeah i know what you mean. You're right too! I am just a worrier and had a scare.

I think i will take a little break from sex, until i calm down, continue using my pill and think about it again when i finish my packs and need a new prescription.

Thanks for your help!

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Heather
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You're welcome. [Smile]

Feel free to pop back if, after your time for yourself, you find there's something else to talk about, or you'd like to talk about this more.

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