Questions and discussion about contraception, safer sex, STIs, sexual healthcare and other sexual health issues.
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Hello! My girlfriend is about to start her third pack of the pill and recently I've been having troubles with trusting it as a form of contraception. I've been wondering, what are the chances of her getting period while on the pill? She hasn't missed a pill since day 1, starter her second pack a day earlier and I've discussed with her what kind of medications she needs to avoid. But from what I've seen there is still a very small chance of her getting pregnant, is there a way to avoid being the one percent?
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If you want to reduce the chances of pregnancy while on the pill as much as possible, something you can do is backup with pill by using a condom. Combining the two methods is very, very effective, and you can read more about that here: The Buddy System: Effectiveness Rates for Backing Up Your Birth Control With a Second Method
If you're having trouble trusting the pill, have you seen this article: Have a Little Faith in BC
? It address some of the reasons people struggle to trust birth control and offers advice on how to manage those worries.