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Out of Birth Control for a Month

Published: May 14, 2012
Dear TeenHealthFX,

I don’t have any birth control an I don’t have an appointment to get more until next month, me and my boyfriend both find that condoms are very very very uncomfortable. And I wanted to know which lubricants where the best to get that have spermicide in them so that we don’t end up parents... Please help, I have been looking and looking and haven’t found any real answers...As in like where can I buy them?? What is the best type??

Signed: Out of Birth Control for a Month

Dear Out of Birth Control for a Month,

 

Spermicidal lubricants can be purchased over the counter at most private or chain drugs stores. However used alone, spermicidal lubricant is not an effective birth control method and does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) Allergic reactions are another issue that you would also have to worry about. Spermicidal are most effective when they are used along with a condom.  The same goes for birth control which is prescribed by a doctor.  While these can more effective at preventing pregnancy they do not offer any protection from STI’s either. This type of birth control is also best used in combination with a condom. You can get a complete guide to updated birth control methods under the TeenHealthFX’s Sexuality and Sexual Health section

TeenHealthFX is glad that you are conscientious about avoiding pregnancy but it is very important that you also take precautions against STI’s as well. While you and your boyfriend may believe that STI’s is not something you don’t have to worry about it is not worth taking the risk. For example, both Herpes I and II can go into a sleeping mode or dormant stage in the body. This is a time when the infected person may have absolutely no symptoms and no sores, but they still can transmit the virus to other people and have other outbreaks throughout their life. Not to sound cynical but even a partner in the best relationships have strayed outside what was considered to be an exclusive relationship and thus putting each partner at risk.

 

TeenHealthFX thinks it would be best for you to contact your doctor or clinic who has provided you with your current form of birth control. Explain the situation and ask if you can come in for an earlier appointment. If this is not possible then it would be in you and your boyfriend’s best interest to abstain from sexual relations until you meet with a medical profession. While there it would also be a good idea to talk to him/her about condom use as well as making regularly scheduled appointments to that you do not find yourself facing this type of prediciment again.

 

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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