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Kate101
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Hi!
I have a question: if a guy uses a condom, without any apparent tearing (can you always tell if there's a tear in the condom?) and there's no penetration, while the girl keeps track of her fertily, by counting thh days (and not so much analysing the muccus) what's the risk?
Condoms alone are 98% effective (right?). So does the fact that there was no penetration and awareness of the fertility increase the effectiveness? How safe is it then?
I'm guessing the risk is really low, but I'm just curious. I'm starting on the pill so we can practice safer sex (I haven't started if before cause I used to take Diane 35 for acne treatment and it caused some complications, so I had to consult a doctor and figure out what was best for me).
There's been condom use for all genital-to-genital contact, while no penetration per se.

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KittenGoddess
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If all you're doing is counting days, then you are not really using fertility awareness. So your effectiveness rate would be at the rate for condom use alone.

In order to use fertility awareness, you need to be tracking basal temps and mucous...and then combining that with abstaining around the times your charting indicates ovulation.

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Generally when condoms fail, it's catastrophic. So you'll almost certainly notice it if it happens. If what you're worrying about it a situation where you were using condoms, did not have one fail, and also were only having external contact...then no, I don't see a huge risk there.

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