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Can I get pregnant during penetrative sex if I’m on birth control?
Birth control is great at preventing pregnancy, but it is certainly not perfect. The first thing to consider is that your birth control method may take up to 7 days to fully function after you start a new method. If you plan to have sex during this window, use a backup method like condoms to avoid getting pregnant as there is an increased chance of pregnancy during this period. The second thing to consider is what method is right for you as this contributes greatly to the success of your method. When used perfectly, all methods are very effective in preventing pregnancy. That said, individuals are not perfect and sometimes errors in use do occur. Long acting reversible contraception, (LARCs) like Intrauterine Devices (IUDs) and implants, are the most effective at preventing pregnancy simply because you set it and forget it. Some of the other methods like pills, patches, and rings are less effective, only because they require the user to take the method with some frequency and life may get in the way! The third consideration is the other medications, supplements, or weight changes that may change how the hormones work in your body. It is always good to speak with your doctor about a method that best fits your schedule, lifestyle, comfort level, and current health condition in order to find the most effective method for you!