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a0231
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I've heard that the pill is 99% effective if taken on time and properly. I take mine within one minute of ten-o-clock every single night because I have an alarm set on my phone and I'm always in my dorm room by 10 pm. If not, I have it in my purse.

Anyways, aside from knowing I am taking it the proper way, is there anything that may lower the effectiveness of it? Vitamins, pain killers [like advil, ibprophen, etc] or anything else? I know some antibiotics sort of cancel it out, but I'm not on any of those.

I just wanted to know because I do not like condoms because they cause a stinging sensation, and I would like to stop using them. I've been tested and know I do not have any STDs and my boyfriend was my first, as I was with him, so the issue of using condoms to protect against STDs and STIs is not a big deal. I just don't want to end up pregnant if the pill is not effective as it should be. [Smile] Thanks for your help!

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When you take the pill correctly (at the same time each day - and even then you have a few hours of grace time if you were to forget one day) it is pretty much as close to total pregnancy protection as you can possibly get.

(Pairing with condoms is obviously even better, but if you stay up to date on your annual STI screenings, and are comfortable going without condoms that's totally a-okay, too!)

It's also very rare for an antibiotic or other common medication or vitamin or whatever else to actually reduce the effectiveness of hormonal birth control - and even though there are warnings that some antibiotics may affect the pill, they don't completely cancel out the effect of the pill.

If you don't mind my asking, especially if in the future you would like to or need to use condoms as a back-up or pairing method, was there a reason you ever found behind the stinging sensation?

Were you using a specific type of condom, where you may have had an irritation to the lubricant?
Is there a possibility you have a latex allergy?
Were you using lots of extra condom safe lubricant along with the condoms? (As the stinging may have been caused by irritation from tiny abrasions caused by friction)

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I believe that the stinging sensation I experienced with condoms was due to lack of lubrication, partially due to my hormonal birth control. Previously we used KY Jelly as a lubricant, but we tried the Astro Glide I have heard SO much about on this site and it made a world of difference. I do not have a latex allergy, I was just feeling discomfort from the condom-to-skin irritation. Thanks for the information! I really appreciate it. [Smile]
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No problem! Good to hear it was an easy-to-fix problem! [Smile]

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