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StarrDust1891
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Hi!
So i was reading "The Buddy System", where you can combine 2 methods so there's almost no mistake in something going wrong.
My pick is BCP + condoms
Given that: "Combination OCP + Male Condoms = 99.99% effective with perfect use - 98.8% effective with typical use"

I was wondering, in which case it isn't safe?
I mean, what would've to happen for me to worry about the two methods protection?

Just curious about it, and so i can know what to do if it happens one of these days...

Thank you!

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Redskies
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The failure rate is occasions when neither method was used properly, or used at all. For pills, that includes occasionally missing them, and for condoms, that includes not using one for all genital contact, not storing it or putting it on properly, or not using one at all. You can find out more about correct usage of those methods on our pages about them, and in the instructions in pill packs.

For example, if someone missed several pills or had a stomach upset and threw them up, and then in the same pill pack they did not use a condom for all genital contact or the condom broke, they would have a realistic risk of pregnancy.

If you use both methods correctly, the chance of pregnancy is really, really tiny. You can reasonably expect to be protected from pregnancy.

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StarrDust1891
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So, if i'm on the pill and using condom...
If i take my pills perfectly, and use condoms (but not properly) or vice-versa... i can still be sure that i'm protected?

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If you make a mistake with one method and you use the other method correctly, yes, you have the protection offered by the method you used correctly. That's a high level of protection, but not perfect. If you use one method correctly, you should be protected from pregnancy, but it's not something that can be certain.

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StarrDust1891
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Redskies, i maybe be annoying... but that's the point i wanna know....
You said that "that's a hight level of protection, BUT NOT PERFECT"...
My question is: what would've to happen so that protection isn't perfect?
It's like... if i'm on the pill and taking them perfectly... even without using condoms, i get a 99,7% accuracy of protection, according to Birth Control Bingo, right?
I wanna know how the 0,3% happen, wich are the scenarios where the protection leaves us, even when we are taking the pill and/or using the condom perfectly.

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For example, if the condom slipped off AND a user was taking a medication with the pill that impacted its efficacy.

But also understand these rates are not per use; they are for efficacy over one full YEAR of use of the methods.

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StarrDust1891
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OMG!
So the risks are like, very, very, very, very low.

Thank you so much for clarifying this for me!
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