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I could be smart to use the pill and condoms to prevent you from getting a STD.<br><br><br><br>
I hear that things like HIV are on the rise again because of the lesser use of condoms now a days.
 

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I know you're not keen on the condoms (who is), but have you tried <a href="http://www.condom.com/inspiral.html" target="_blank">Inspiral</a> condoms? Of all condoms tested by readers of Maxim and Cosmo, they received the highest ratings from both men AND women. And yes, I can vouch for them; they're awesome. I'll never use anything else again.<br><br><br><br>
Seriously, if these condoms were chosen to be distributed across Africa, the AIDS epidemic would get sorted out in no time.
 

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havent heard of those, thanks Fenguin. i'll check them out. condoms just are a pain b/c we are rather sporadic with our happy activities, heh and don't always have them on us.<br><br><br><br>
i hear ya, 1vegan <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> but we're both 'clean' (yes we know this for a fact) luckily.<br><br><br><br>
and thanks, krista, i'll go seek out yer thoughts on the other thread!
 

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Funkified is so smart for thinking this through. Just had to add that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:">
 

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Not to entrude, but in biology I think my teacher said that when taking "the pill", it must be taken like the exact same time every day or it won't work, and you can't miss a taking, and then it still is not 100% protective.
 

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only thing 100% is NOT doing it and that's no fun <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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Keegan's right...taking it at the same time every day increases the effectiveness.<br><br><br><br>
I'm switching to the patch soon. I've never forgotten to take the pill, but it's annoying to have to think about it every day. I'd rather slap on a patch once a week instead. Plus, it delivers hormones constantly, not once a day, so your blood levels stay more constant and thus you are (supposedly) at even less of a statistical pregnancy risk than if you take the pill. You're also not at the whim of, ahem, intestinal difficulties that might prevent full absorption of a pill's hormones.<br><br><br><br>
There is also a contraceptive "ring" and I know one woman who uses it and loves it. Every patch user I know loves it as well.
 

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the thing that kinda sucks for me is that i have to get it thru planned parenthood (parents wouldnt be happy if they knew what was going on, even though i'm 22)...and i have to have an exam there which kinda sucks since i already had my annual lovely little appointment. at least the bf said he would pay. aw. not that i'll 'allow' him to pay all of it..<br><br><br><br>
the patch seems cool but i think for me it would be obtrusive. and the ring..i've heard good things about that too but again, i dont think that woud sit well with me. heh.<br><br><br><br>
thanks for the tips and such, keep em coming <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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The ring....<br><br><br><br>
It is good for most women and their partners. However, if you have a shorter vagina, lower cervix, or longer partner - you will both feel it during sex.<br><br><br><br>
However, if you're normal inside and he's normal, then it shouldn't be a problem.
 

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If feeling the ring during intercourse is a problem, it can be removed entirely for up to 3 hours. You just rinse with lukewarm water and re-insert. Personally, I'd rather have a patch...at least I can SEE it and know it's there, a ring could slip out and you could not know for a while.<br><br><br><br>
(yes, I asked my friend...her gyn and the package insert say that up to 3 hours of removal is OK)
 

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I've been on the ortho tricyclen for over two years and love it. My periods are short, regular, and pain free (they were the complete opposite before). The only problem I get occassionaly is that after I start again after the week off, I'll get morning sickness for a day or two. It hasn't happened much though and it's mostly bearable. It hasn't affected my weight at all. Maybe you could consider telling your parents your periods have been really irratic and painful and that's why you started? That's why I really started taking them and doctors do often prescribe them for that reason.
 

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Only true problem I've had for 15 years of pill taking is crazy PMS, highs/lows, crying jags.<br><br><br><br>
I just recently saw the gyn and asked for a low estrogen pill to see if that would help out. I didn't even know about the low-E pills until I got here.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck.
 

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i was on a low estrogen one and had the same crazy hormonal freak-outs every month. i also found they affected my sex drive. in a not good way. not to mention the scary pains in my legs and appearance of spider veins.<br><br><br><br>
the one i was on though i read the booklet like a zillion times and it said if you missed a pill you could take it the next day and it wouldn't really affect anything, as long as it didn't happen often and you took it ASAP. it also came with a little alarm you can carry around with you. they only came in the first package, not in refills, but my doc was given tons of freebies from the company that he was able to give me no charge, they were all starter packs with the alarms in them so i literally have about a dozen alarms in my underwear drawer. they're handy little things, if anyone wants one let me know, i can mail it to ya!
 

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i know but i never had problems with it before and i don't have problems with it now, just while i was on the pill. i was on it for 4 years and was basically depressed for 4 years. within a week or two of going off it i felt 100% better. i didn't go off it intentionally, i just hadn't had time to get my prescription renewed and didn't realize i was out til it was too late. in which case you're supposed to wait for your next period to start taking them again, by the time that rolled around i noticed how much better i felt and decided not to renew the prescription.<br><br><br><br>
the brand i took is the one most doctors around here swear by and almost everyone i know who's on the pill uses this brand. meds affect everyone differently and i'm sure my case wasn't the norm
 
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