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I'm considering getting on birth control for the first time, but I don't want to start without any research. I was wondering if my boyfriend and I should still use a condom even though I'm on birth control? Am I at risk of getting pregnant if we do not use a condom while I'm on birth control?

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Hi, R,

Technically, after the first month of perfect birth control use you should be protected from pregnancy. However, I would really recommend also continuing to use condoms.  Not only do they protect you from STDs and make clean-up fabulously easy, but I get emails from girls every day who have accidentally skipped a pill or two, or who have delayed starting their next pack and they're terrified they're pregnant. Getting on birth control is a great idea, but think of condoms as your insurance policy that's in place to preserve, not only your peace of mind, but potentially,  your future.

Good luck,

Julia

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Julia Fout

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I can answer questions pertaining to how to choose and acquire contraception, how to talk to parents, doctors and partners about birth control, emergency contraception, missed periods, breakthrough bleeding,and how to use all methods correctly.

Experience

I am working towards my Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Health Behaviors and Health Education. The advice I provide is based on the most recent scholarly research in the areas of health, adolescent development, sex education and the promotion of healthful sexual behaviors. I want to be able to provide teens with relevant, practical, fact-based information so they're well equipped to navigate tough choices and confusing situations.

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ECU, the Brody School of Medicine, Department of Public Health

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BA in Psychology/minor in Education
MPH Candidate

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