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Combination of methods

Deena, age 26: My older sister gave me lots of advice about birth control methods. She tried several reliable methods but ended up with genital herpes. Whenever she gets stressed, she'll get a flare-up of symptoms. From her experience, I've decided to use hormonal injections along with condoms to reduce my risk of getting pregnant or getting an STI.

Patty, age 42: I never would have guessed I might need to worry about birth control again, just as I never would have guessed I would be a widow at such a young age. The kids are almost out of high school. Someone at work asked me out, and I'm actually interested. But alarms are going off in my head about becoming pregnant at age 42 or getting an STI. I'm sure I don't want either, so I'm seeing my gynecologist this week to decide on a long-term birth control method and learn about using condoms.


Raimondo, age 42: In college and law school, I was not as careful with birth control as I should have been. I was lucky that none of my partners became pregnant. Now I'm over 40 years old, established in my career, and not in a long-term relationship. I know that I don't want to become a father, so I'm scheduling a vasectomy next week. I will still use condoms to prevent STIs, but I won't need to worry about the consequences of an accidental pregnancy.

Tom, age 45, and Barbara, age 43: Barbara and I met a year ago. Now we've decided to get married and blend our two families. That means finding a home for five children, three dogs, two cats, and lots of belongings. Combining our families and planning a wedding will take all our focus, so we don't want an accidental pregnancy. Since we are quite happy with the size of our family, I will have a vasectomy. It is a much simpler procedure for me than for Barbara to have a tubal ligation.

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