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My boyfriend and I have decided that before we have sex i should be on the pill or some kind of birth control, but still use a condom. I asked my mom about putting me on Birth control, and i even researched it but she said no…what do i do now?

It’s good that you and your boyfriend have discussed using birth control. In general, parental permission is not needed for prescription methods of birth control like the pill. However, there may be certain locations where, for one reason or another, a health care provider will require parental permission. Check with your provider about her or his policy.

The pill is up to 99.7 percent effective against pregnancy when used correctly. But because the pill offers no protection against sexually transmitted infections, using the pill and a latex or female condom can greatly reduce the risk of both pregnancy and infection.

Condoms are up to 98 percent effective against pregnancy. They are even more effective if a guy pulls out before he ejaculates, because there is less of a chance for ejaculate to spill out of the condom and into the vagina.

Guys who do not pull out before ejaculation should be sure to pull out before their penises soften, after they ejaculate. They should hold the condom against the base of the penis while pulling out so the ejaculate doesn’t spill.

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