The only sure-fire method for avoiding pregnancy is to remain abstinent until you are ready to have a baby of your own. All birth control methods have their failure rates where people were using a certain contraception pill or device and they still wound up being pregnant.

However, in this day and age it’s unlikely that anyone will remain abstinent much past their high school years let alone until they find the person they want to spend the rest of their lives with. This makes birth control methods a necessity in the live’s of people everywhere.

Practicing safe sex can help with avoiding pregnancy if used carefully and even doubled up to try and overlap the numbers to increase the odds that you won’t get pregnant. While it’s always a good idea to use a condom for protecting against STDs it is also one of the best ways to double up with an oral contraceptive to avoid getting pregnant. Taking the necessary measures to make sure you don’t get pregnant is the best way to stop an unplanned pregnancy from happening.

Many couples who are avoiding pregnancy are using the calendar method along with their other types of contraception just to make sure they don’t end up getting pregnant. The calendar method requires the woman to keep track of her monthly cycle so that she knows the days to abstain from having sex. Some may call it an ovulation calendar but for many years it has been called the calendar method. Keeping proper records about your monthly cycle will help you to calculate the days in which you are most susceptible for getting pregnant. Avoiding pregnancy means that you don’t have sex for five days before your ovulation and then also for a few days after. Sperm can hang around for a few days inside a woman’s body while waiting to fertilize an egg so it’s best to stay abstinent for the full five days before the expected ovulation to be on the safe side. Ovulation occurs about 14 days before you are expected to start your period, if you have regular menstrual cycles. Keeping good records will help you to mark those days that are taboo on your calendar.

Sticking with the birth control method you choose is the best way of avoiding pregnancy. If you take an oral contraceptive, make sure you do it faithfully so there are no accidents waiting to happen. If you use a condom, make sure you don’t get caught up in the heat of the moment and let it slip! As stated before, the best method of avoiding pregnancy is to double up on contraception. The condom will serve a dual purpose if you are not in a long term relationship or are just having casual sex. Using an oral contraception or a patch while using a condom lowers your chances to almost 0 for getting pregnant. If you are not ready to have a baby yet, make sure you are well protected if you are going to be sexually active.

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