Are condoms an effective method of birth control?

I had a kid a few months ago.I breastfeed so I didn't worry much about getting pregnant in the beginning, but now there's a chance it could happen.I don't want to use birth control pills, because I'll gain weight.And my husband's scared that an IUD will have some bad side effects.So we've been using condoms just to be safe or sometimes just pulling out.But is that enough? I really don't want another child right now.Help! (p.s. my period's a little late)

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fefe87

Asked by fefe87 at 1:41 AM on Oct. 7, 2008 in Health

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  • Condoms are more effective than pulling out...but on their own might not be enough. Check out "Taking Charge Of Your Fertility" by Toni Wechsler to learn to track your fertile days.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 1:46 AM on Oct. 7, 2008

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  • If I remember correctly, condoms are only 98% effective. However, I know I got pregnant twice while on birth control. We use both methods now.
    rcbrown

    Answer by rcbrown at 1:46 AM on Oct. 7, 2008

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  • I wouldn't rely on the pull out method. That's how I got pregnant with all my kids. Lets just say I didn't learn the first time. LOL! But me and my husband love all of our kids and wouldn't trade them for the world.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:52 AM on Oct. 7, 2008

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  • condoms only have like a 85% efficacy rate. pulling out is more like 50 though. and no bc is fool proof.
    kissmiss213

    Answer by kissmiss213 at 1:59 AM on Oct. 7, 2008

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  • We used a condom and here iam 5 months along. I was just a few day away from gettin the T thing too.lol
    BabyGsMaMa13

    Answer by BabyGsMaMa13 at 2:13 AM on Oct. 7, 2008

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  • condoms are better then nothing, but there is nothing wrong with the iud, i have had it for over a year. not to sure of the side effects except shorter quiker periods..which is def. a plus!! when my husband came home on leave after doing 15 months in afgant. lets just say "we majorily put it to the test" and worked great :):) talk to ur ob about looking into options. but if u dont want to get prego again i suggest getting on birth control
    JuLiAnSmOmMy317

    Answer by JuLiAnSmOmMy317 at 2:22 AM on Oct. 7, 2008

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  • Well first off just because you breastfeed does NOT mean you can not get pregnant.
    It always amazes when girls/women say they don't want to take the pill because it makes them gain weight. Ummm, what a few pounds? How much do you think you will gain if you get pregnant? I'd take a few "pill pounds" over "30 baby pounds" anyday!
    BrendaMomOf3

    Answer by BrendaMomOf3 at 2:48 AM on Oct. 7, 2008

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  • My sister got pregant when the condom broke....and pulling out is a horrible way to go. I just got the IUD, from what I have heard, it is wonderful, there are those 2% of people who hate it, or something crazy goes wrong. But its 2 % not 85%. Its like 1 out of every 100 woman will complain about something, but I think those wonam are just complainers.....
    cloud144

    Answer by cloud144 at 2:52 AM on Oct. 7, 2008

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  • oh and research IMPLANON. it last for 3 years, and again 1% get pregnant during the whole three years. It is the size of a match stick and they put it under your skin in your arm. That was what i had planned on getting, but when we moved they didnt have it here they only had the IUD, so thats what I have.

    Ask your doc about it
    cloud144

    Answer by cloud144 at 2:55 AM on Oct. 7, 2008

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  • "When used correctly, a male condom is about 98 per cent effective. This means that only about 2 in every 100 women would get pregnant in the course of a year."


    http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/sex_relationships/facts/condoms.htm

    AvasMommy810

    Answer by AvasMommy810 at 4:36 AM on Oct. 7, 2008

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