Don't know wether to trust condoms

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festiveleadballoon Tue 06-Dec-16 16:05:06

Just that really . I didn't go back for my depo at the start of November because I didn't know if it was causing my depression to get worse plus dh is supposed to be booking a vasectomy soon so we just thought we would hang around for that before we had sex again. In the meantime I'm just wondering how effective and how much I should trust using condoms alone as the main contraception? My periods haven't returned yet either but I know that doesn't mean anything when it comes to getting pregnant.

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lostincumbria Wed 07-Dec-16 07:20:59

Well, they're far more effective than not using them! If used correctly, they're 98% effective, so there's very little chance of pregnancy.

Here's a guide: www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/birth-control/condom/how-to-put-a-condom-on

scaevola Wed 07-Dec-16 07:27:28

Looking ahead a bit- you'll need to wait until after the 'all clear' from post-vasectomy semen samples. Sperm may well be present for weeks (allow for about 12-16), and for the unlucky few (including my DH) it can take 18 months.

So yes, unless you are planning very lengthy abstinence, than another method will be needed for 6 months or so.

Condoms (perfect use) are fine (fail rate of about 2 - which means that of every 100 couples using them for a year with no apparent rips, slips or omissions,there will be 2 resulting pregnancies. The typical use fail rate is about 15. So be really diligent!

SpookyPotato Fri 09-Dec-16 08:42:04

Hi OP, we've used condoms for years and not had any problems! I don't want any hormonal or invasive device in my body. We use Skyn which feel like it's barely there but they are strong.. We use lots of lube so less chance of breakage.

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