Post # 1
Do you use another form of BC as well or just your pill/shot/patch/ring, etc?
For the longest time Fiance and I were stricly pill + condom EVERY TIME. Lately I’m wanting to experiment more with no condom. I take my pill perfectly and have for years. He’s paranoid and reluctant. He’ll only do it if he pulls out, which is okay I guess if it makes him feel better, but sometimes can dampen what’s going on, if you know what I mean.
What do you ladies do, how long have you been using these methods, have they been successful?
Post # 3
Been using the pill only for 13 years. No accidents.
Post # 4
Pill only, I hardly ever miss it and am not paranoid about getting pregnant.
Post # 5
I’ve been on the pill for 15 years and have not used other forms of protection when in trusting, monogamous relationships (probably 5 total years out of the 15.) Fiance and I do not use anything but the pill. I am not super vigilant (I miss it periodically) but I am not concerned.
Give it a shot- you can try it once and if he’s still nervous and it ruins the mood, you don’t have to do it again. Or, you could try tracking your ovulation and plan according to that (which should be easy when you’re on the pill since everything is seriously regulated)
Post # 6
I had been on the pill for awhile and used nothing else. I was on it for over 5 years with no problem until oops somehow got pregnant.
Right now I am on the shot and still do not use anything else. I have only been on it a little over a month so I do not really have much to say about it.
Post # 7
We used BCP plus condoms when we were absolutely sure we weren’t ready for kids, then relaxed to BCP only when we felt we didn’t want kids yet but it wouldn’t be a terrible thing if it happened.
Just a comment due to your poll options – you can’t use NFP while using the pill, as it is dependent on calculating ovulation and you aren’t supposed to ovulate while on BCP…so if you were in the 0.2% who use BCP perfectly but it isn’t effective, there is no way to calculate when ovulation is happening.
Post # 8
I voted no.
I’ve been on the pill for a year this month (I had been on it previously but took a break)
We used condoms once when we were experimenting with the textured ones just to see how they feel, but we don’t use a backup.
ETA: I am religious with my birth control. It is taken within 5 minutes of 7 o’clock every single night without fail. We’ve had no accidents.
Post # 9
I’ve been on the pill for around 10 years and have never gotten pregnant.
Post # 10
@ahavah: +1 to the “when it wouldn’t be terrible if you accidentally got pregnant” part.
My Doc said that as long as you take your pill +/- 1.5 hours of your usual time you are ok not to use a backup method (of course this was after the lecture about how nothing is 100% and a 2nd method is always a good idea etc etc)
Post # 11
@pharmy: I’ve been on the ring for a few months, but haven’t had the chance to try it out (FI deployed). But the main reason I went on it was so we could do ‘it’ without condoms when we get married. We were adament about using condoms every single time before that since he is paranoid about that stuff too, but he feels like he will be much more at ease with me on the ring. If you are religious in your BCP, there shouldn’t be an issue.
If you want to go the extra mile, there is a test you can take to see where the BCP puts you hormonally. My aunt got pregnant on the BCP, but she later found out through a blood test that her normal fertility level is extremely low and the hormones actually bumped it up to normal. They switched her to a stronger dose and she didn’t have any accidents.
Post # 12
Pill only for four-ish years. I’ve only had a “scare” twice – once when I had switched pills and my body was just getting used to it so my period was late, and once when I was taking antibiotics and took the morning-after pill. But the pill has been fantastic!
Post # 13
In the beginning of our relationship we used the pill + condoms because he was paranoid. I wasn’t as much. Hah. I think there is also added stress due to distance – I would have to go throuh a pregnancy or abortion alone. Eventually we gave up condoms last summer because I didn’t want the hassle and felt fine with just one method. We’ve had no issues.
Post # 14
We only use the pill for about 3 years and I am terrible at taking it! Like miss it for 2 days its so bad but we havent had any accidents yet! Though based on how bad I am at taking it that is a bit surprising lol
Post # 15
Pill + Condom. Every time. We’re paranoid. Like so paranoid that when I forgot to reorder my BC pills one month (mail order), we waited an entire month to have sex till I could go back on the pill.
If I baby gets through I’m naming it Jesus, cause it’s a fricken miracle.
Post # 16
Knock on wood.
I’m going to hell or getting pregnant now, aren’t I?