|My girlfriend has been on birth control for about 5 years ( WOW in my opinion ). I worry every time we have sex. And i can not seem to get over this and it is beginning to cause me problems. My girlfriend always starts her period a day late. This is said to be because her BC pills are a little to strong. ( This was said by her Gynecologist ). That I understand. But today we had sex. Today was the day that she diddn't start her period. ( Meaning she stopped taking the pills yesterday and today was the day she was getting stuff out of her system i guess). Well... she wanted to ejaculate inside of her for the first time... It was kinda forced almost. Now I am completely freaking out. I have never been able to fully now worry. Im sorry. I just dont see how people do it lol. I dont understand how to not worry about it. But i am just absolutely freaking out over this. I have never done this and i just dont know what to do. I am so scared she is going to be pregnant. There are to many factors of BC for me to understand. Should she take an EC? I dont want her to be put through that or an abortion or anything like that. She is my life and i have no idea what to do!. Please. Anything. Anybody?|
|Well, let me just say that birth control is NOT 100% effective. My daughter is living proof of that.
I had been taking the pill for 3 years when I got pregnant.
Antibiotics also make the pill ineffective.
You CAN get pregnant, even on the days that she is taking the real birth control, not the sugar pill.
The pill is only low-90% effective. The best way to ensure no pregnancy, is to ALWAYS use a condom. Or spermicidal lubricant. Something WITH the pill.
If you're still worried, get a pregnancy test.
$20 for 2. I'm sure the other one will get used.
Usually when a woman becomes pregnant, she KNOWS she is pregnant. IT's the maternal instinct kicking in. She gets that feeling and BOOM, the test is positive.
Used correctly, the pill is 97-99% effective. With "typical" use aka "I forgot one pill" or took it late, it is 92-95% effective.
|Isn't that the exact same thing that I just said?
92-95% with typical use, and 97-99% with perfect use.
Low of 92 and high of 99. Yep.
|I suppose it doesn't (?) make sense that something works better when you use it right, and works less well when you use it incorrectly. At least, that's what I'm sensing. You're sort of saying that typical use and proper use are the same thing when they're not.|
|I agree with Eiri! Alright this is straight out of my bc information packet:
EFFECTIVENESS OF ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES:
Oral contraceptive or "birth control" or "the pill" are used to prevent pregnancy and are more effective then other non-surgical methods of birth control. When they are taken correctly, the chance of becoming pregnant is lesss than 1% (1 pregnancy per 100 women per year of use) when used perfectly, without missing any pills. Typical failure rates are actually 3% per year. The chance of becoming pregnant increases with each missed pill during a menstrual cycle.
In comparison, typical failur rates for other methods of birth control during the first year of use are as follows:
IUD: <1 to 2%
Diaphragm with spermicides: 20%
Spermicide alone: 26%
Vaginal sponge: 20 to 40%
Female sterilization: <1%
Male sterilization: <1%
Cervical cap: 20 to 40%
Condom alone (male): 14%
Condom alone (female): 21%
Periodic Abstinence: 25%
No method: 85%
Hope that helped you better understand!