(Closed) What counts as "unprotected" sex?

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
922 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I would consider protected sex what you mention. I don’t use condoms but I am pretty strict with taking my pill. I would say I have protected sex. 

Post # 4
1129 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’d consider protected any form of contraception, except pull out! I would be too paranoid for considering that contraceptive.

Post # 5
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

any kind of contraception would be considered protected sex. but i vote go the natural family planning route! 

Post # 7
982 posts
Busy bee

@FromA2B2013:  I would regard unprotected sex as no form of birth control at all (pills, injections, patches, IUD, implant etc) and no condoms. Mirena is our sole form of BC, but I don’t consider that unprotected sex as far as pregnancy prevention is concerned (from a STD point of view though, I would regard it as unprotected, but that’s a whole other thing!).

Post # 8
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@FromA2B2013:  straight NFP. We are Catholic and the Catholic teaching is straight NFP nothing else. 

Post # 9
7977 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

I would say that in a LTR, any form of contraception counts as protected, seeing as the risk is from pregnancy and not STIs.

If STIs are a risk, I would say that only barrier methods count as protected.

Post # 10
1543 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I would count the pull out method if its used correctly. Protected to me means any form of birth control… But of course there’s a level of how protected you are… Pullout being slightly protected while say using the pill and condoms would be well protected from pregnancy. We r switching to only pullout now that I’m off the pill. I would be extremely shocked if I got pregnant…. But I’d be okay if we were so I’m not worried.

Post # 11
7211 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@Rachel631:  +1

@FromA2B2013:  In a relationship (in which I presume all parties have been tested and are monogamous) “protected” = contraception of any sort

Outside the above stated relationship “protected” = condoms. 

Post # 12
11697 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

in this case I would say protected would be any form of contraceptive.  

In other circumstances, I would consider the pill alone to be unprotected from a medical standpoint as risk of STD is still there.

Post # 13
156 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013



I think you’ll find this article interesting!

I think the first two myths will shock you! Pre-cum does not contain sperm and the pull out method DOES work. However, like the author of the article states, its still an extremely poor choice as it contains so much risk and is hard to preform correctly (pulling out before an orgasim starts/before ejaculating just a bit). And like the author, I am not saying that the pull out method is a smart choice for your only form of protection. I just think that people need to know about the pre-cum containing sperm myth. Pre-cum and sperm come from two different parts of the body.


Darling Husband and I use the pill+pull out, the pill does the heavy lifting and pull out is there for added support. We would never use pull out alone. However, the pill alone is statistically good enough to use alone, but we just prefer that small extra layer of protection.


For the app’s sake, I would believe that any method that can effectively prevent sperm from fertilizing an egg/successfully implanting into the uterine wall (so pull out would not be on the list, as you can ejaculate a little bit, causing sperm to have the possibility of reaching the egg uninhibited) would be “protected”. So, the most common forms, hormone birth control, IUD, condom, etc. would be considered in there. Pull out, NFP, etc. would not make the list in my book.

Post # 14
2055 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I don’t think I’d ever use straight NFP unless your religious views only accept that or you’re okay if an “oops I’m pregnant” happens 

in this case I’d say protected is from the sperm entering your body OR fertalizing an egg because you’re in a committed relationship where Save-The-Date Cards aren’t a  factor 

Post # 15
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

To prevent a pregnancy I would consider; pills. long-term methods of bc(such as depo, IUD, etc.), condoms(male & female).

To prevent an STD I would consider; condoms 

Also I still get tested once a year even though I have been in a monogams relationship for a long time. I just feel safer that way although most people would say there is no need. 

I think there are a lot of myths regarding sexual health & that people need to eduate themselves because being naieve & having sex are a really bad combination.

One of the clubs I am in at college had a really cool couple come & hold a speaking engagement (with free ondoms & materials) provided by different local health resources. The husband has HIV & the wife has so far tested negative. I know this is not really what you asked but I was surprized when we first started talking about it. I think a lot of people automatically assume healthy sexual relationships aren’t possible but they are. The couple speak nationally and have a website at http://www.shawnandgwenn.com


Post # 16
621 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I wouldn’t consider BC to be protected sex…. it’s a contraceptive to prevent pregnancy, but shouldn’t be confused with “protected sex” because you aren’t protected from HIV/AIDS or other STI’s which is what the definition of protected sex is.

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