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Do Men Feel IUD in Women's Vagina?

Men cannot feel the IUD itself, since it's implanted in the uterus, but some patients have complained that their man feels a slight poke from the string used to remove the device. This is because sometimes the string is a little too long and passes from the cervix into the vagina.

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How Important is it to Take Birth Control Pill on the Same Time Every Day?

In terms of preventing pregnancy, it's not a crucial step to always take your pill at the same time each day. The only exception: if you're taking the mini pill, a progestin-only birth control pill which must be taken at the same time every day. However, most women take the regular birth control pill, which contains a combination of estrogen and progestin, and are not time sensitive. You can miss a day and catch up while still being protected, so a few hours won't change the effectiveness.

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What to do if You Accidentally Skip Birth Control Pill?

It all depends on what kind of oral contraception you're on and how much time has passed. If you take a combination estrogen-progestin pill (the most common type of birth control pill) and less than 24 hours has gone by, just pop the next pill as soon as you realize your blunder, and you should be covered. If it's been more than 24 hours, take two at the same time and use a backup birth control method like condoms for a week, just to play it safe.

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If you Get a Yeast Infection from Ring or IUD, should you Use Backup Method of Birth Control

If you do not take the ring or IUD out, you do not need to be on backup birth control method. Intravaginal medications, like ones you would take for a yeast infection, will not interact with the ring or IUD.

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What to do if the Condom Breaks or Slips off Inside?

First make sure to remove the broken or lost condom by feeling around with your fingers, hooking a finger onto the latex, and pulling it out. If you're worried about pregnancy prevention, you'll also want to get emergency contraception as soon as possible, like Plan B.

As Plan B is effective at preventing pregnancy when taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. But it decreases in effectiveness after that, so the sooner you get it, the better chance you'll have at preventing pregnancy.

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Is Withdrawal or Pulling Out a Reliable Method of Birth Control?

The withdrawal method, or "pulling out," isn't the most effective way to prevent pregnancy, and it offers zero protection against sexually transmitted diseases. According to a 2008 study in the journal Contracption, the failure rate for withdrawal (the percentage of people who got pregnant while using this method in a given year) is about 18%, while the failure rate for the pill and condoms is 1% and 2% respectively (with perfect use). It's not as bad as you might think, but it also depends on how good your withdrawal timing is.

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How Soon can you have Sex without Condom After Starting Birth Control Pills

You need to be on the pill for about 30 days before you can have unprotected sex.

Most traditional forms of birth control should be in your system for at least three weeks for complete protection. Your birth control package should also explain how they work in the directions. If you still feel uncomfortable call your local clinic or doctor who prescribed your BCP, or local family planning clinic and they should be able to tell you exactly.

 

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How Long to Wait to have Sex without Condom After Starting Birth Control Pills

You will need to wait atleast 4 weeks (about 30 days) before you can have unprotected sex.

Most traditional forms of birth control should be in your system for at least three weeks for complete protection. Your birth control package should also explain how they work in the directions. If you still feel uncomfortable call your local clinic or doctor who prescribed your BCP, or local family planning clinic and they should be able to tell you exactly.

 

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