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Brenda_91
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My boyfriend and I are thinking about having sex. I just surfed on to this page tonight-- I read the checklist-- you can bet he's going to be getting the link tonight --and I am very impressed by it. We know we want sex for all the right reasons-- we will be safe, we have never had any other partners, and we love each other. The only reason we wouldn't do it is because of risk of pregnancy. We both have high goals and bright futures, and do not want to risk that. We feel fairly confident that it won't happen, since I have been on Ortho Tri Cyclen for acne since October, and am still taking it CORRECTLY, and he will for sure wear a condom CORRECTLY. I know that the failure rate for birth control pills (Ortho specifically) is less that 1% when taken correctly. If Tom wears a condom correctly, will that bring our risk to zero? Thanks so much for your greatinformation!
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Lin
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My dear, sad to say nothing except abstinence can bring your pregnancy risk to zero.

Using a condom and birth control pills will reduce the risk of pregnancy drastically but there will always be a tiny chance you might get pregnant. Accidents and unforseen circumstances can happen.

You might also like to check out these other articles which might be useful.

Pregnancy Risk Assessment

Birth Control Options


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LilBlueSmurf
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You're use of condoms alone reduces your risks of pregnancy and STD's significantly. I think it's something like 98% ... ??

As for birth control, i think it depends on what kind you're on. Most are at least 99% effective. But nothing is 100%. Only abstinence and even that gets kinda tricky when you get technical ...

Whatever you do, do not double up w/ the condoms. Your risk of breaking both of them is extremely high and it's just not necessary. One is enough ... And don't forget the lube

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Gumdrop Girl
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okay, quick statistics lesson

if condoms are 98% effective, they are 2% ineffective.
if pills are 97% effective, they are 3% ineffective

0.02 * 0.03 = 0.0006
you have a 6 in 10000 chance of getting pregnant if you are using the pill and condoms.

feeling lucky by that, i mean proper pill and condom use is your best bet. and here, we give a big thumbs up to Durex latex condoms and Astroglide lubricant. enjoy!

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Thank you so much for your responses. This really helped me out. I cannot say how wonderful this site is! I've sent my boyfriend here for the condom guide and the sex readiness checklist and more! If there's one thing I think we're doing right, it's talking OPENLY about this. This is one thing we don't want to screw up. Thank you again!

Karyn


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Always glad to help, Brenda

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I just wanted to say congratulations for trying to go in to sex as educated and safely as possible. There are so many problems that could be prevented if there were more people like you in the world.

Smiles


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