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nick_x
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assuming a girl is on the pill and a condom is used correctly every time does having sex everyday increase your chance to get pregnant significantly? or is it still near zero?
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ErinK
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As long as the woman is taking the pill correctly and the condom is being used correctly each time, it doesn't matter how many times a day, week, or month that you have sex.
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Just to bump this up with more information I found...I did not see anywhere on scarleteen that addressed this issue. Anyways, I was reading on this site by the university of california santa barbara. They said that the statistics surrounding the efficacy of contraceptives is based on an assumption of 150 sex acts.

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A quote to highlight is "Using math magic, we find that if you combine the failure rates of both a male condom and the birth control pill you get a failure rate of about 0.006%, if both people follow instructions perfectly. The combined typical user rate of a condom and pills is 1.2%, meaning that out of every 1000 women only 12 of them will get pregnant under typical user conditions."

My question is, does this statistic of efficiency change when more than 150 sex acts in a year are performed? Would 300 double the chance of failure while 600 quadrupled the chance of failure?? Or does it increase exponentially where 300 sex acts would increase the chance by 5 times? iv'e been having sex basically everyday with pills and condoms used, so I was wondering how it would effect the efficiency since the statistics are made with an assumption of 150 sex acts. Would 365 quadruple the chances? or only approximately double..

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Did this post get forgotten, or am is it closed and i should start a new thread?
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I'm sorry this got overlooked, nick_x.

To be honest, I've never seen those statistics, ever, anywhere. Nor have I ever heard of the assumed 150 sex acts rule.

To be perfectly honest, Erin's answer still stands. You could have sex every day for 5 years on the birth control pill, and chances are if you're using it correctly, you're not going to get pregnant. How many times you have sex in a given period of being on the pill does not affect it's effectiveness.

You have absolutely nothing to worry about if you taking hormonal birth control correctly AND using condoms. Nada.

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