Grave errors in birth control

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Every year, many women get pregnant without to want it.

Many couples fail to protect against an unwanted pregnancy for various reasons. Try to stay alert in any of these situations.


1. Overview
2. You do not protect against an unwanted pregnancy
3. Use rifampicin
4. Use the wrong lubricant
5. Nails can scratch the contraceptive sponge
6. You are in dilemma
7. You have not tried all options
8. You do not use correctly the birth control pills
9. Condoms selection is wrong
10. When to give up additional means of protection
11. You removed the sponge too earlier
12. The second-day pill
13. You rely on spermicide
14. Incorrect use of condoms
15. Smoking

You do not protect against an unwanted pregnancy

It’s no secret that birth control methods are a sensitive subject. However, if a couple is sexually active and does not want to start a family, must choose a type of birth control that is appropriate for both partners. Fortunately there are quite a few options in this regard.

Use rifampicin

Rifampicin is an antibiotic that can undermine the effect of hormonal contraceptives, including the pill, patch or vaginal ring.

Some types of anticonvulsant drugs, drugs that treat fungi, HIV and some types of herbal supplements can be a problem for these types of birth control and for contraceptives implants.

Ask your doctor information about possible interactions and drugs that can interact with birth control methods.

Use the wrong lubricant

Oil-based lubricants or oil (including baby oil, mineral, etc.) can dramatically affect latex condoms in just 60 seconds.

Select a water based lubricant or silicone contraceptive effect. Note that many lubricating contain oils that can weaken latex quality.

Nails can scratch the contraceptive sponge

When inserting the sponge you can break or scratch it with nails, and this will reduce its effectiveness.

Even small cracks or tears can increase during intercourse, so cut your nails. It is important not to damage sponge or condom with your fingernails, jewelery or teeth.

You are in dilemma

Missing three or more combined contraceptive pills (the type most commonly used, containing both estrogen and progesterone) but do not know if you have used correctly.

In this situation stop unprotected sex (use condoms) for seven days, and continue taking birth control pills without pause.

You must take pills containing only progesterone every day at the same time and you will take additional protective measures if administration is delayed over time, with more than three hours.

You have not tried all options

Some people just can’t remember to take the contraceptive pill every day. There are several types of contraceptive methods such as contraceptive implant or intrauterine device.

You can consider the injections with contraceptive role, considering that an injection provides effect for three months. There are other methods too, such as contraceptive sponges, rings, patches, diaphragms and more.

You do not use correctly the birth control pills

For lactating women or people suffering from heart disease, migraines or other reasons can’t use estrogen-containing pills, are recommended estrogen pills or combined pills which offer much better protection against pregnancy.

Choosing birth control pills is more an art than a science. Talk to your doctor in order to determine together which is the most effective mean of protection in concordance with your needs and concerns.

Condoms selection is wrong

Condoms that are too small may break and there is some evidence that polyurethane condoms may break more often than latex.

Regardless of their type, the role of condoms is to protect unwanted pregnancies and some STDs. The safest would be to use latex condoms.

When to give up additional means of protection

If you have a contraceptive implant or take pills combined with five days before your period starts, you do not need additional methods of birth control, but if you start taking birth control pills at any time that isn’t indicated (such as at the start of the menstrual cycle), during the first seven days of dosing, you should use additional methods of contraception (condoms or other alternative).

If your pills contain only progestin, you should use extra protection during the first 48 hours of use. Whatever type of contraception you use, ask your doctor to see if protection methods are needed until the pills take effect.

You removed the sponge too earlier

To be effective, local sponge should be kept at least six hours after sex (but not used more than 30 hours).

Diaphragm should be removed only after 6-8 hours after intercourse and should clean it at least once every 24 hours.

The second-day pill

When a condom breaks or slips the next day pill can help preventing unwanted pregnancy. These pills must be taken within 72 hours (up to 3 days) after unprotected sex: the sooner the better.

You rely only on spermicide

Research shows that spermicide may increase the effectiveness of other methods of contraception (including condoms, pills), but used separately, spermicides offer reduced protection against unwanted pregnancy.

Incorrect use of condoms

Condoms must be used correctly to be useful. Put them before any genital contact, not just before intercourse, considering that due to men excitement there can occur a few drops of pre-ejaculator liquid that can induce a pregnancy.

To prevent tearing, squeeze the tip of condom to remove air before putting. Check the sense that condom runs before it touches the tip of the penis, and if you put it wrong, you have to throw it, because there are some chances to contains sperm.


If you smoke while taking birth control pills, you should learn that this increases the risk of blood clots, heart disease and strokes. The risk may be higher in some of contraception than others.



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