Some of the Worst Birth Control Mistakes

People usually avoid talking about birth control or anything related to sex. This has resulted in couples opting for incorrect birth control methods for avoiding unwanted pregnancy. Instead of contemplating about which birth control methods are ideal for men and women, it is better to consult a doctor and take proper advice.

Here, some of the most common pregnancy prevention methods have been highlighted and how to avoid them.

Using Rifampin

Rifampin antibiotic is known to weaken hormonal contraception. Hormonal contraception can include different birth control pills, the patch (Ortho Evra) or the vaginal ring (NuvaRing). There are also some anticonvulsants, oral medications for yeast infections, and herbal supplements that weaken the effect of birth control pills. It is necessary to get in touch with a certified doctor to understand which birth control pills need to be used and if any other medication would affect its effectiveness.

Using the wrong lubricant

Most people are unaware that some of the commonly used oils or oil-based lubricants such as baby oil, Vaseline and mineral oil based body lotions can diminish the effectiveness of latex condoms. Avoid using these lubricants and instead opt for water or silicone-based lubricants, which can be found in most supermarkets and drug stores.

Removing sponge early

Contraceptive sponges work effectively only when left in place for at least six hours after intercourse. Similarly, diaphragms need to be kept in place for six to eight hours after intercourse.

Not using a condom

Condoms are believed to be one the best and the safest birth control options available. They are very effective in protecting against sexually transmitted diseases and are widely used. But many couples choose not to use a condom and instead opt for the withdrawal method. However, its important to understand that even pre-cum may contain enough sperm to impregnate a woman. Therefore, it is extremely important to correctly use a condom before any genital contact.

Irregularity in consuming pills

There are times when people forget to take the best combination of birth control pills that they have been prescribed. In such a case, it is always preferable to have a backup birth control plan. Being irregular in taking birth control pills can largely increase the risk of an unwanted pregnancy.

Choosing the wrong pill

Some of the top best birth control pills available in the market are known for providing effective contraception. A combination pill provides more effective protection against pregnancy than other birth control methods. These pills are ideal for those women who are not allowed to take estrogen. However, instead of blindly choosing any birth control pill, it is preferable to consult a certified doctor. A doctor can tell exactly which pill would be best suited as per your requirement.

Depending on spermicidal

Even though spermicide provides protection against pregnancy, it gives quite less protection when used on its own. So, it would be ideal to use it with other forms of contraception, such as a condom.


It is necessary to be careful while choosing any form of birth control method. The best way would be to test some options and decide on the suitable one. However, the above mentioned mistakes can potentially lead to an unwanted prevenancy, and therefore they must be strictly avoided.

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