Post # 1
I’m getting married next month and getting ready for that awkward-but-awesome first time with my new hubster. We don’t want to have babies for a few years, so I started birth control last month.
So here’s my question…should we be using condoms too? I don’t know if the BC covers all our bases, or if we should double up.
So…um…yeah. That’s my awkward question!
Post # 3
If you have been on birth control for a full month then I think you should be fine…as long as you have been taking your pills at the same time everyday…didnt miss a pill etc. If you are not sure then I would just use a condom just in case…I am on birth control AND we use condoms…im pretty paranoid!! haha
Post # 4
It’s really a matter of personal preference. I know we are fully not ready for kids (read: still in our undergrad and broke!) so we use birth control and condoms just to be safe. It just makes me feel better, even if condoms don’t feel as nice.
One thing I do have to say is that it actually helps me relax to know we’re using two methods. Sometimes it’s hard for me to stop being responsible and worrying, but I know with a backup we’re safe.
Post # 5
We use both as a “just in case” precaution because BC isn’t always 100% effective, especially if you don’t take it at the same time every day or if you forget a pill. We have been “less careful” as of late but that’s only because we decided if it did happen, it wouldn’t be the end of the world and condoms are kind of, for lack of a better word… messy :-S
Post # 6
You should be totally fine with just the BC pills. Yes, if you use condoms then you’re making extra extra sure, but the pill works just fine if you take it as directed!
Post # 7
As long as your responsible about taking your pills every day at the same time, it’s pretty much 100% effective. I wouldn’t worry about a back up.
Post # 8
I agree, pills only should be fine. Both methods are like 99% effective, using both doesn’t technically change that.
Post # 9
Birth control is most effective if you take it every single day at the exact same time. If you’re not consistant with it, then you’re probability for it not working as well rises. No form of birth control is 100% effective . . . So, it’s up to you!
I know some girls who only rely on condoms and have never gotten pregnant. I also have friends who have relied on just BC and ended up getting pregnant. So, that risk is always there!
Honestly, sex is so much better without a condom, that if it was me, I’d be seriously on top of my BC and not worry about condoms. Maybe be a little more careful when ovulating.
Post # 10
Just the pill should be fine. That being said, my boy and I use both as we are 100% sure we don’t won’t babies at the moment and my best friend fell pregnant while on the pill. She had a cold and didn’t realise that the over the counter meds she was takign actually reduced the effectiveness of the pill. So, I don’t want to scare you so please don’t be scared about this comment, but if you are taking anything else other than the pill (even if it is over the counter) check with your pharmacist to ensure they are not counteracting the effectiveness. If that’s all fine then you are good to go and can get away with just using the pill.
Post # 11
Just bring the condoms for backup just in case you forget to take the pills one day, but you don’t have to use both of them.
Post # 12
You may want to use both during especially fertile times of the month…just in case.
Post # 13
Depends on how careful you want to be
99% isn’t 100%
But with that said…every single person I know who has gotten pregnant on bc, it was because of thier error, not the pill
There is the 1%, but for the most part if you use it exactly as you should, you will be fine
I’m 30 and I’m going strong…..never been knocked up once! 🙂 haha
Post # 14
hmm…Mrs.DG you out there so the facts are straight? she is really good at laying all the facts out there.
Post # 15
I have been using just the pill for about a year and a half and havent had any problems with it.
Post # 16
just the pill should be fine – but make sure you take it at the same time every day. You will need to use backup if you take antibiotics or are throwing up or have diarrhea (I know, gross, but you asked:) )