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My boyfriend and I recently started having intercourse, during which we use both a hormonal method (I am on the Patch) and a barrier method (condoms). Neither of us have STIs, so the condoms are simply to add a second layer of protection against pregnancy. We have recently been wanting to try having sex without condoms, but our super-paranoid sides are somewhat concerned about the risks of removing one layer of protection, despite the fact that the Patch is 92-99% effective, depending on use. I usually will change my patch between 10am and noon on the patch-change day, and I don't know how much that would influence effectiveness. Obviously, if we decide we just aren't comfortable with it, we will continue using condoms, but we wanted to get a rational opinion, since we tend to err on the side of caution with sex-related things.


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I do not see anything wrong at all with when you are changing the patch. As long as you are following the instructions that come with them, the patch is between 92-99% effective (typical use perfect use). So you can rely it alone; it is truly a matter of comfort for both of you at this point. I recommend that both of you are on the same page and are willing to go back to condoms if either of you dont feel comfortable at any point. [Smile]


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What is the effectiveness of spermicidal lubricants? We were considering hunting down that, just as a different 2nd method of protection. I know it's probably not as effective as using condoms as a second method, but it is still another thing we can do. Granted, since the Patch is still 90some% effective regardless, it won't be totally necessary.
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Spermicides alone are about 82% effective when used perfectly - if you want a backup method, condoms are probably a much better choice, to be honest. (Not to mention that some people find spermicides irritating.)

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