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maguire_love03
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My current boyfriend and I have started having sex, and I'm on the pill. I'm good at taking it at almost exactly the same time everyday--usually within 15 minutes or so, and never more than an hour later. That being said, we still use condoms, because I know it is recommended to use two forms of BC (and also because I want to be extra careful). However, I think we would both, at some point, would like to do it without a condom. He knows it's up to me, and I've told him that it would take a lot of thinking about, and he even said that if I was ok with it, he would still have to think about it a lot, too. If I'm on the pill, would it be too much of a risk to have sex without a condom? It should be noted that we both each other's firsts, so STD-wise, we're clean. Thanks!
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Alice
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If you feel that the protection against pregnancy the pill offers (around 92% - 99.7%) is good enough for you, then by all means, use it alone. This choice is entirely up to you and we're not going to tell you what to do one way or the other.

Obviously, as you mentioned, going without condoms is an STI risk. STIs are transferred primarily by by sexual activity, but some can be transferred other ways, too. So we suggest both partners having clear STI tests before going without barriers.

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