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Last year in FLE I was given (at some point in the class) a handout outlining the success of different types of birth control, and first I would like to know if they are accurate; I have read some parts of Scarleteen's articles and they seem to disagree.
These results are based on the method being used correctly; condoms put on correctly and pills being taken on schedule.

Method/%against pregnancy/%against std's
Condom: 78% 98%
Birth Control Pill : 99% 0%
Condom (with spermicide) 98% 98%

The reason I doubt these so much is because of all the advice I see that encourages the use of condoms-- I hardly see anything suggesting the use of the pill, which seems to be the best at protecting against pregnancy (which is my primary concern; i've been tested for STD's and i think i'm clean).

I've gone through several relationships since I last posted and on my current one my girlfriend and i are just starting to talk about sex. She seems comfortable with using the pill after going through FLE class with me, she has told me that she's clean as well and I obviously trust her.

She has said that she is fine with starting the pill next month, take it for all of November, and then we can start having sex over the holidays.

The most we've done together is sleep together on the couch, but we've had no intercourse from it, just cuddling and watching movies, etc.

My real question is: would the pill be worth it? is it really more effective at stopping pregnancy than condoms?

We talked yesterday about some of our beliefs concerning sex and this is what we came up with-
Neither of us want to engage in oral sex
Both of us are not strictly religous
Neither of us have had actual intercourse
We want to tell our parents about it slowly, not just come out and say we're having sex but both of us want to get to know the other's parents a little better before we speak so openly about it.

STFU n00b!
~ kthx

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Both the pill and condoms are highly effective at preventing pregnancy when used correctly. However, when it comes to STIs, trust is nowhere near as reliable as getting tested. In fact we recommend two tests, six months apart before having sex without condoms.

I'm going to move this to Safer Sex & and Birth Control since it doesn't really have anything to do with sexual orientation or identity.

I would have girls regard themselves not as adjectives but as nouns. --Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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That 78% number as far as condoms effective against pregnancy seems a bit off. The numbers I've heard most often, and agree with, is that during a year of typical condom use, 14 out of 100 women will become pregnant. During a year of perfect condom use, that number drops to 3 out of 100 women becoming pregnant. So education is an important part of condom use and as such the numbers can vary greatly. But I've never seen a number as high as 22%.

Condoms Rock!

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Another point about pills is that they're a backup, which is always nice to have, especially if you're not used to condoms - they're easy, but I know that with my boyfriend, at least, there was a definite learning curve. So, speaking from personal experience, as long as the pills are available and affordable, they're worth trying. Worst-case scenario: the side effects are problematic, and she quits them, leaving you with lots of other options for birth control.

I think the reason condoms are so heavily advertised is that they're birth control for the guy, who really doesn't have the strong monthly reminders that pregnancy is a possibility, or as many options to act to prevent it. Women and girls can use half a dozen methods - guys are limited to condoms and vasectomies. Or abstinence. Which rather defeats the point.

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