(Closed) pill effectiveness?

posted 8 years ago in Intimacy
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

I use the Nuvaring now, but had been on the pill for years, and that was the only form of birth control I used.  The pill is over 99% effective if taken correctly, so there is a small chance you could become pregnant.  I never had a problem though. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We’ve used the pill for over two years without any other protection and have never had a scare. If you take it at the same time every day, and don’t skip any days, then it’s something like 99% effective, so you should be fine!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I wouldn’t worry to much. From my experience i have been on the pill since i was 15. Me and my Fiance have been together 4 years and do not use any other precautions and he ejaculates in me often. My only advice would be make sure you do not miss any of the pills and if you do i would use a second method of birth control beacause, in the past when i was 19 i missed 2 pills in a row. I took 3 the next day to catch up but, i ended up pregant. But, we had a miscarriage. Other than that i have never had a problem with the pill except my own fault for missing them.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’ve been on the pill for 4 years and never had a scare. Personally, I think you will be fine… but it is not 100% effective so there will always be exceptions.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Most pills are 99% effective. I wouldn’t worry too much about it. Lots of people only use the pill as their only form of birth control.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Like PP’s said, 99% effective if used correctly. Thats not to say it can’t happen, thus the 1% fail rate. I’ve used it for 17 years without any scares. Just remember to take it around the same time everyday, don’t skip a pill, and be careful of other drugs like antibiotics or laxatives that may interfere with the effectiveness of the pill. If I ever find myself spotting randomly throughout the month, I assume something may have gone wrong and use a backup method.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I was on the pill for 9 years without a backup method, and never had a scare. It’s not 100% effective (but only abstinence is) and I’m sure we all know someone who’s gotten pregnant on the pill, but to echo PPs, if you take it at the same time every day, and don’t miss a day, it’s around 99% effective.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@meliss: That’s a good point, use a backup if you’re on antibiotics, and check with your pharmacist if you’re taking any other drugs. I had an alarm that went off on my phone every day during lunch to remind me to take it. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’ve been taking the pill for 10 years, and never had a scare. We’re always careful to back up with condoms for a month if I ever miss a pill or am on antibiotics.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Perhaps talking to your OBGYN will make you feel better?  But you should be very fine.  I’ve been on birth control for 11 years and haven’t used a condom since I met my husband (8 years) and I’ve never been worried or had a scare.  There are exceptions to every rule and a few outliers of people getting pregnant on birth control – but it’s very rare.   You can proceed with cionfidence!!

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

At least 1 in 100 women get pregnant on the pill every year. I was one of them – and I took it perfectly. Just be prepared for what may happen if you are one of the unlucky ones. We use a backup method 100% of the time now.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I took them for 15 years (without ever using a backup method) and never had any scares.  But it’s not 100%.  You’ll also want to still use a backup method if you take certain meds (like some antibiotics) that decrease the pill’s effectiveness. 

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