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Hi,

I am an engaged man soon to be married. We want to have sex and she just started the pill (about a month in now) and we are still scared that the 99% of the time means that everytime we have sex means that theres a 1 in a hundred chance of a baby resulting... those aren't very good odds if you ask me, am i reading it wrong? she is very good about taking the BC at the same exact time every day..hasn't missed yet.

Well anyway, if i was to pull out before i came, would that make it even more effective. i mean, even if there is precum there is that is still a lot less than would be there before...it must lower the odds right?

You might think we are being too nervous, but we had sex with a condom before and i pulled out before i even came in the condom and she was nervous 2 weeks later because her nervousness made her period late.... so peace of mind is an issue for us.

thanks for all the help.
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replied September 23rd, 2009
think u need 2 relax a bit!! there is a reall y very slim chance of her falling pregnant if she takes pill properly! she would be protected on the pill, just beware of upset stomach or sickness, use extra protection then!! good luck x
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replied September 23rd, 2009
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My boyfriend and I used the pull out method before and when I started birth control and I never got pregnant. I think about it like this, most girls let their men finish inside of them every time they have sex and don't get pregnant, there are like millions of sperm in that load. So, if you pull out there's only maybe 100 or tops 1000 in that little tip off, they usually die. If you're really that worried then use a spermicide or something with the pull out method, then you're playing it extremely safe. And honestly, if you're this worried about getting pregnant maybe your fiance should go on the Mirena or the Paragard, then she wouldn't have to worry about a pill everyday and it's about 99.4% effective.
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replied September 23rd, 2009
Is that 99% chance a 1-100 chance every time you have sex? cause i've also heard its 1% of women every year will have a kid who took the pill. so thats like, 100 different women having sex various amounts of times per week and out of those thousands of times only 1 will have a kid per year?

I dunno, i know theres no absolute assurance...but we just wanted to be as safe as possible till we get married and i was wondering if pulling out would be more safe than not, or if 1 sperm is in is that the same as 1000000 sperms?
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replied September 25th, 2009
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Haha, no, it's not the same as 100000 sperms, because the more sperm there is the more chance she has of getting pregnant. I wouldn't worry about getting pregnant if she's on the pill, just pull out. If you worry less about it sex will be much better, just know that if she takes the pill every day at the same time it will be very effective.
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replied September 25th, 2009
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If you look at the study results you will see that most modern birth control pills are OVER 99% effective. The actual number runs close to 99.7%. This is measured over a year period. So if 1000 healthy couples have sex every cycle,even while the woman is ovulating, over a 12 months time period only 3 will become pregnant. So that is a 1000 women x 13 cycles = 13000 cycles. So out of 13000 ovulation cycles, only 3 will result in pregnancy for these 1000 couples.

Beware of an upset stomach that will just flush the pill straight through, anti-biotics which will make the pill less effective, not taking the pill regularly, and not taking it at the same time every day.

The instructions/insert in the pill pack is your friend - read it and make sure you know all there is to know about taking the pill.
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replied February 23rd, 2014
Me and my girlfriend had sex a lot while she was on the pill. I also used the pullout method to make sure she didn't get pregnant. The pill is 99% effective but it doesn't always work. Using the pullout method, or withdrawal, is 73-96% effective. So both of those ways make a very good chance of her not getting pregnant. If you are worried about precum getting her pregnant then this might sound a lil gross but take a wiz at least 2 minutes before you have sex. Urine kills sperm cells. The pre cum is to wash out any urine for the actual load. Once you use the pullout after that then you should be fine
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replied February 23rd, 2014
Me and my girlfriend had sex a lot while she was on the pill. I also used the pullout method to make sure she didn't get pregnant. The pill is 99% effective but it doesn't always work. Using the pullout method, or withdrawal, is 73-96% effective. So both of those ways make a very good chance of her not getting pregnant. If you are worried about precum getting her pregnant then this might sound a lil gross but take a wiz at least 2 minutes before you have sex. Urine kills sperm cells. The pre cum is to wash out any urine for the actual load. Once you use the pullout after that then you should be fine
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replied May 21st, 2014
I have heard that pre-ejaculate, by itself, contains no sperm and that in order for pre-ejaculate to contain sperm, one must have previously produced ejaculate via orgasm within the past 24 hours. In a circumstance in which a male has ejaculated within the past 24 hours, it is possible for there to be living sperm in the urethra that mix with pre-ejaculate the next time it is produced.

As I understand it, it is not certain whether or not this is the only circumstance in which pre-ejaculate contains sperm. I don't have the expertise to say, but I get the impression that there is a significant level of confidence in the belief that pre-ejaculate is very unlikely to cause pregnancy if more than 24 hours has passed since the last ejaculation, and/or the male has urinated in before a subsequent ejaculation.
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