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Old 12-04-2002, 08:46 AM   #1
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back up birth control

Currently I am not on any kind of birth control so if I want to have sex with my b/friend, a condom would be used of course, but is there something else I should use for back up? Something that is easy to do without a lot of hassle. I just don't trust the condoms completely I guess.

 
Old 12-04-2002, 09:58 AM   #2
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Re: back up birth control

Something that doesnt require hassle,dont ask for much do you???LOL just teasing.
Well you can get on birth control and it with the choices available you can find something that wont be too much of a hassle.
Such as the birth control ring,fits inside your vagina and releases bc hormones into you that way. There is the bc patch that you can stick on your body.
There is various pills that can offer protection.
Since you are going to be or are sexually active you need to be getting yearly exams that include a pap for your health. You can discuss birth control options with your doctor also. You can either use your regular doctor or go to one at Planned Parenthood.

You can try the vaginal films that are spermicide but if the condom were to break you still have a risk of pregnancy becuase spermicide actually is that great for protection. Those will be messy though and you have to put them in about 10 to 15 minutes prior to sex. There are other foams but yet again you have to put them in ahead of time and they tend to make things a bit more messier. They are also spermicide that cant be totally trusted.
You can have some Emergency Contraception handy to take just in case the condom breaks. It is a large dose of birth control that works to prevent pregnancy.

If you truly dont trust condoms then look into getting on a form of birth control you can trust. Though remember it would be wise to continue to use condoms since they give add protection. We all know that no birth control is 100% effective in preventing pregnancy.

 
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Old 12-04-2002, 11:34 AM   #3
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Re: back up birth control

I use birth control pills and condoms with my fiance. We're engaged, but we're not ready for kids!

I would suggest starting prescription birth control pills (or something along those lines). If I remember right, they don't fully protect you for the first month while your body is getting used to them, so you may want to use two back up methods for a while. So:

Step 1: Talk to doctor about birth control pills, ring, or patch (the most effective forms). Also ask about the Norplant and other long-term protection if you're interested. Begin taking the pill or whatever you decide on.
Step 2: Keep using condoms. I would recommend using condoms that have a spermicide coating (unless you find that you or your partner are allergic to the spermicide). I use them because, well, better too careful than not careful enough!
Step 3: Until the pills (or whatever) take full effect, use a spermicide just in case. I used a vaginal insert that is inserted sort of like a tampon (although it was a cream, not a piece of cotton). While you're asking the doctor about what pill or patch to use, you can ask which spermicide to use in the meantime.
Step 4: Once the pills take full effect (make sure you ask the doctor when this will be- it varies), continue taking them and using the condoms. You shouldn't need the spermicide anymore, unless you choose to use condoms coated with spermicide.
Step 5: ALWAYS, ALWAYS take your pills, patch, etc. and use the condoms. Nothing is 100%, but the more careful you are, the closer to 100% protected you will be. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

Don't be afraid to go to the doctor or clinic. You have lots of options to choose from. If you can't pay for the doctor or the birth control, call a clinic. They will help you figure out if you can pay a reduced price or if you qualify for free visits and protection.
Also, if you're worried about your parents... check out your state's information on the internet. I think physician/patient confidentiality rules apply in every state, so you can do all of this without telling them if that's what you want.
Unless you are positive that your parents are completely against your sexual activity, I encourage you to tell them about it if you haven't, though. Your parents can really help you out and are an important source of support. Of course, I don't know how old you are. If you feel you're old enough, you can go without telling your parents. You might want to consider it, though.
Good luck! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif"><p>[This message has been edited by Anonymity (edited 12-04-2002).]

 
Old 12-04-2002, 01:58 PM   #4
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Re: back up birth control

Actually Norplant isnt offered any more. It was taken off the market due to so many women having problems with it. Also the removal of it from a woman proved to be more difficult than orignally thought.

 
Old 12-04-2002, 02:32 PM   #5
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Re: back up birth control

Ooh, gosh, I didn't realize that. I'm sorry. I guess I just meant other forms of prescription birth control that you might want to ask the doctor about.

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