My boyfriend and I have regular sex but he said condoms are uncomfortable which I understand so I’ve been looking at alternate forms of birth control. I’ve been on the pill for over 8 months now and I’ve been trying to get better at taking it at the same time every day. He also does the pull out method every time. I know it isn’t as safe as a condom but how efficient are we being at preventing pregnancy? Should I look into getting an IUD because those can be expensive and I’d have to pay for it myself without my parents knowing.
Hello! You’re very informed about your birth control methods and are on the right track with things.
When taken as directed, the pill is over 99% effective; however, if not always taken as directed, the pill is only 91% effective. Taking it at the right time every day is very important. The withdrawal method, on the other hand, is much riskier and is only 78% effective each time.
IUD’s and the Implant are over 99% effective and are a safe long-term solution. However, placement and removal of the device require clinic visits and a pelvic exam. We would suggest talking to your medical provider for what costs would look like and how it would show up on insurance. Our providers in Campus Health Services can help or you can reach out to Planned Parenthood in town as well.
Remember, while these methods will work to varying degrees for pregnancy prevention, they do not protect against STIs. Condoms and abstinence are the only contraceptives that will be effective at preventing both STIs and unplanned pregnancies. If your boyfriend feels as though condoms are not comfortable, he may not have found one that is the right fit yet. Encourage him to try a different brand or size to maximize comfort and safety. As always, Health Promotion has you covered with 30 free condoms every semester through the Condom Club.
Thanks for your question!
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- Our Bodies, Ourselves. (2011 Touchstone Edition). Pages 224, 238-239, 246