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babybear
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I have been on the pill for quite some time now, but when I was single, I never took it when I was supposed to. I recently got in a new relationship and have been taking my pill perfectly for at least two months.

We usually combine my BC with a condom, but last night I decided I wanted to give it a go without one. We had sex without a condom twice, but he did not ejaculate inside of me either time. He also urinated about 30 mins before we had sex which I heard can help clear some sperm from the urethra that can be found in pre cum.

I am on the 14th day of my "cycle", which I have heard is the start of ovulation. Since I am on the pill, though, I do not ovulate, right? So this is nothing to worry about? My breasts and nipples have been sore the past few days which usually happens around this time and I was wondering if this means I am ovulating?

I suppose I worry because I know a few people whom have gotten preggo on the pill.


Thanks!

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Heather
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The risk of pregnancy with only the pill in perfect use exists, but it is less than one percent. And you are correct: if you are using an OCP, your ovulation is suppressed. When women NOT on hormonal methods varies (it's not all on day 14), but that's still not relevant to you.

The bigger issue, especially since this is a new partner, would be your risk of sexually transmitted infections, which the pill offers no protection from.

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babybear
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Thanks Heather. I forgot to tell you guys we both were tested a few months ago. I saw his papers and he saw mine, we are both free of disease. That is what made it an easier choice to go unprotected.

So I am worrying for nothing, yes?

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Heather
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Just FYI, not knowing how new this relationship is, you really need that six-month window before ditching barriers to be as sure as you can.

For instance, if I have sex with one partner, then a month later get a test that's all clear, that isn't entirely an all-clear, particularly with HIV, which can take longer than a month to show up in a test. As well, there still is no HPV test for men.

But if you had the six months of monogamy and barriers, and then had those tests, then yes, your worries are minimal.

And regardless, with the pill, while pregnancies do happen with perfect use, they are rare, so it doesn't make sense to worry too much. If you find you can't let go of that worry, just add condoms back again so you can know you have a solid backup.

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