Thanks for asking!
Sexual activity, regardless of how often it is occurring, is not going to interfere with a birth control’s effectiveness.
Birth control is only going to be effective if you’re taking it correctly. Depending on which method you are using, there are special instructions on how to use it so that it’s most effective.
- If you’re on the pill, you need to remember to take it the same time every day.
- If you’re on the patch, you need to remember to put a new one on once a week on the same day.
- If you’re on the ring, you need to remember to put a new one in once every three weeks.
- If you’re on the shot, you need to remember to get the shot once every three months.
- If you’re on the Nexplanon, you need to remember to get it changed out every three years.
- If you’re on the IUD you need to remember to get it changed out every 3-5 years, depending on the type.
If you are taking your hormonal method correctly and consistently, you will be up to 99% protected from pregnancy. If you are not taking it correctly however, the effectiveness will go down.
Another important thing to remember, is that it takes 1 week for hormonal forms of birth control to become effective, when someone starts it for the very first time. So for that 1 week, someone should abstain or use a back up method like condoms. Also, birth control does not protect against STIs. Only condoms and dental dams can.
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