Withdrawal is not an effective contraceptive method. You will probably get pregnant if you rely on this method. You are also at risk for infections. Condoms protect you from pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Remember HIV is alive and well and out there. You can't tell by looking at someone that they are infected. Be safe, get tested, protect yourself! You can do an oral HIV test and get the result in 20 minutes. Ask your partner to get tested also.
If you take oral contraceptive pills and you miss 2 or more pills in a row, please remember that you are no longer protected from pregnancy. You should continue taking the pills, but you need to use a condom until that pack of pills is finished. Of course, if you are not sure of your or your partner's HIV or STI (sexually transmitted infection) status, then you should always use a condom.
Lots of teens, and other young women are having unplanned pregnancies. A teen told me that half her class has either already had their babies or are pregnant now.
Protect yourselves, have a faithful partner, use a condom. HIV is still out there, and you can't tell by looking who has it. Get tested, make sure your partner has been tested. Use a condom if there is any doubt. It's your body. He might not want to wear it, but are you willing to bear the consequences? Is he?
Love yourself, take care of your health!
Dr. Elsa Wilson
General Practice Physician and Life Coach.