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Birth Control: What Type Is Right for You?

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9 Tips for Using Birth Control continued...

8. Use lubrication. It lowers the risk of condom tears. Only use water-based lubricants. Don't use any that are oil-based, like baby oil or petroleum jelly. They can break down the condom. For better protection, use a lubricant with spermicide.

9. Have emergency contraception on hand. Even if you're careful, things happen. If a condom breaks, you may want to use emergency birth control just in case.

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Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson, MD, FACOG on August 19, 2015
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