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Hello, i need some advice on this.
I've been on and off the pill for several years.. my experience has not been so good. With my boyfriend we've been using condoms, and i was on Yaz for like 6 months but i was always experiencing mid cycle bleeding, no to mention awful infections, yeast and Bacterial Vaginosis. Previous to this relationship, since i was single like for a year i wasnt on the pill.. it was the best time ever.. no infections at all.. I felt great.. right now. since YAZ has been a nightmare.. i decided to change to Marvelon 20, just to se what happens.. anyways.. i0m considerating the possibility of just quitting.. like forever, if this new brand gives me trouble.. i discussed this with my boyfriend and he said it was okay.. that we would rely only on condoms, but i need advice since.. i dont know how good are condoms in preventng pregnancy.. i really wouldnt like to get preg right now, im 24 and i have too many academic responsabilities.. abortion is not an option for me. I dont worry about STD since.. we've both been tested.
what should I do?

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You don't have to just use condoms if you go off of the pill.

Not only are there other hormonal methods to try if you prefer those, there are also other non-hormonal methods you can pair with condoms, like other cervical barriers or natural family planning.

Condoms are very effective methods of birth control when used properly (98% with perfect use/85% with typical use), mind you, and it's fine to use them alone without another method. But if what you liked about the pill was its high effectiveness, you can still have that by combining condoms with a second method.

For more on that, see here: The Buddy System: Effectiveness Rates for Backing Up Your Birth Control With a Second Method.

In terms of your recent infections, you've both had full screenings for STIs again recently?

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Thank you for you quick answer!!
i think i'll read about that FAM..
yes we've both been recently tested(like three weeks ago) for STI including HIV and everything came up negative

Thanks a lot

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