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snarky
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I went to the doctor today to see if I had a UTI. (She's not sure if I do, and I'll get the test results in a few days. I'm on antibiotics now, but this is all beside the point.)

In addition to taking a urine sample, she asked me if I was sexually active to which I responded yes. Then she went through my records, asked me if I was still on the birth control pill, and I said no. She asked me what sort of protection I was using and I told her condoms. Then she said,
"Those are great for preventing STD's, but not for pregnancy. Ask you gyno to put on you on another birth control method. I really don't want you to be pregnant, and I'm sure you don't either."

Errm, correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought that condoms were 98% effective if used correctly. I went off the pill because I had horrible side effects. This has caused me to not be entirely enthusiastic about hormonal birth control, and I'm really not excited about using an IUD. I use condoms correctly with lubricant, before all genital-to-genital contact, yadayadayada, so should I really be worried about using something else?

How could condoms protect against STD's and NOT PREGNANCY? I mean, if you had a condom failure, wouldn't you lose protection from both? I don't get it [Frown]

[ 07-31-2007, 07:17 PM: Message edited by: snarky ]

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LilBlueSmurf
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Technically, for typical use, the birth control pill is more effective for birth control.

However, that does NOT mean that you cannot have effective birth control w/ condoms too. Things like using lub, using condoms for all genital contact, and storing condoms properly all contribute to efficacy of condoms ... These will bring you closer to 'perfect use' rate (which is 98%).

If you're uncomfortable w/ the 15% failure rate (for typical use for condoms), then i would suggest you look at using another non hormonal method, such as the cervical cap, diaphragm or fertility awareness (in addition to the condoms).

Basically, you HAVE options. Don't let your doctor (or anyone!) force you into something that you're not comfortable w/.

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[ 07-31-2007, 09:22 PM: Message edited by: LilBlueSmurf ]

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So it's perfectly okay that I'm comfortable only using condoms? After she said that, I've been feeling a little weird and second-guessing myself. But I know that if anything were to go wrong, I would have the option of taking EC or (God forbid) getting an abortion.
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Absolutely. You only take risks that YOU and your partner are comfortable with, whether that be using condoms, or the pill, or what-have-you.
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