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agerose
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Hello,
I just recently started on the pill (last Sunday) and have a few questions. If I am on the pill, how likely would it be that I get pregnant if I decided to not have my boyfriend use a condom and not "pull out?" When will the pill be truly in effect...or when would it be most safe to not use a condom? The reason I would not use a condom is that I am allergic to latex and condoms just don't feel as good as the real thing. Thanks!

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Heather
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The combined (not mini) pill is over 99% effective with perfect use, and 92% in perfect use.

If that level of risk is okay with you, it's fine to use the pill by itself.

If it isn't, are you aware there are nonlatex condoms? Not only can you use those w/your allergies, they also conduct heat better. Mind, women don't have sensory nerve endings past the first 1/3rd of the vagina, so if you're having issues with feeling per condoms, what it might be is that you just need to use some extra lube (though still avoid latex if you're alergic).

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Smellycheesebot
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Remember that the pill does not protect against STIs (so don't go about condomless sex until you're sure that both you and your boyfriend are STI free by both getting checked by a doctor... some STIs can be spread through non-sexual contact, so get checked even if you're both virgins), and that the 99% effectiveness is with PERFECT use, and the protection is significantly lower with average use (like missing a pill, or not taking them exactly in the right time frame). For the first week you are on the pill, you should be using condoms, and you should also use condoms if you miss a pill at any time within a month.

There are condoms that are made latex free (lambskin ones are not as effective against STIs, since they are porous enough for a virus to get through, but block sperm). Personally, I advocate using the pill as a backup method. I know two people who were conceived while their mothers were on the pill, so be careful.

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