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We've been together for a few months and only use condoms for protection. Recently there have been a few isolated signs of her being pregnant. I think I'm most likely just paranoid and that the pregnancy "signs" are just coincidences. However, they've scared me enough to want to talk with her about using a back up birth control method like the pill or arm implant. I brought this up when we first started dating (before our "first time") and she said she's open to female birth control, but only if she's in a long term relationship with someone.

Now I think she will be fine with getting the birth control, but at the same time I want to tell her that we should hold off on having sex until we get some. She gets mad easily and I don't think she will be happy about this considering we've done it nearly every day for months.

My question is how can I express that this is a good decision while attempting to minimize her anger since she has a hot temper.

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    Did she get mad the first time? What's preventing you from bringing up the conversation again in the same way you did it before, now that you apparently feel the relationship has become more long-term? – Tinkeringbell Feb 19 '19 at 20:26
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    Any idea why she is resistant to also using birth control? Seems like you are being quite responsible in making absolutely sure there isn't going to be any unwanted pregnancy. – DaveG Feb 19 '19 at 20:33
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    You said that you think she will be fine with getting birth control, but you think she'll get mad about you suggesting not having sex until you get some. Is it right to say that you're more interesting in having the second conversation (about holding off on sex)? If so, you might want to edit your question to make that a bit more clear – Rainbacon Feb 19 '19 at 20:38
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    How old are you both, in what culture and has she ever been on birth control before that you know of? – AsheraH Feb 20 '19 at 7:18
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In short : don't demand your girlfriend goes on birth control, but have a discussion about it.

I waited until I became sexually active to go on birth control. I wasn't comfortable playing with my hormones like that, but using condoms did get tedious after a while and I decided I'd rather use a contraceptive. With my doctor, we decided on one which met my needs. This was all my decision, from start to finish. I'm a pretty laid back person, but if my boyfriend at the time had said "isn't it time you start using the pill ?", I would have gotten angry. (Not saying that's how you were going to talk to your girlfriend, but I'm feeling a sprinkle of entitlement in your post that would not go over well, I imagine.)

You can absolutely share your worries, but I wouldn't demand anything of her. There are several reasons for that :

Her body, her choice

Using a contraceptive is a deeply personal decision. So first, don't expect your girlfriend to use a contraception. It is a possibility that you wish to discuss, but don't go in there thinking she should do it.

Second, don't suggest yourself what kind of contraceptive would be appropriate for your girlfriend. If she agrees to use a contraceptive, she gets to decide what would be better for her. Depending on her needs, any medical issues, side effects... this is a decision she gets to make, preferably with her doctor. You can voice a preference, what you would be more comfortable with, but that's it. Since women being on birth control has become a "normal" part of life, I think too many people think it's not a big deal (and thus, asking your girlfriend to do this is ok) and ignore how much pain/hassle/stress/... can go into that.

If you feel so inclined, here are some resources on what going on birth control can entail :

You can do (a bit) more

First, I want to address the reason why you want her to use a contraceptive : your fear she'll get pregnant, which may be irrational. You say there have been "isolated" signs of her being pregnant. Since you don't mention what those are, I can't really get more specific, but a lot of signs of pregnancy also occur for other reasons. So are you just afraid she'll get pregnant because she's not on a birth control (and it's a first for you, you're not used to it, your mind sees things or interprets stuff in a weird way), or are there other reasons ? Digging a bit there might help you find a better solution. Plus, if my partner wanted to talk about me possibly going on birth control (or modify my body in another way), the more he can explain the why, the more sympathetic I would be.

Also, you seem to think that female birth control is the only way to ensure no pregnancies. First, may I remind you that no contraceptive is 100% reliable (Planned Parenthood has a great website for this). And also, there's more you, the guy, can do. Sadly the man pill is still not a reality, so your options are quite limited, but they're there and I think being informed about them and truly considering them will allow you to have a more wholesome discussion with your girlfriend.

  1. Condoms with spermicide, which increases the condom's effectiveness
  2. The pull out method (only when combined with the condom though !)
  3. And if you plan to not have children at all, a vasectomy : very effective, very little risks of complications or side effects (way less than a contraceptive has for women)

Again, I understand that the options for you are limited, there's quite a bit of hassle there or you just don't want to "mess" with your own body. I just hope that you in turn will understand your girlfriend's reluctance to do the same and show some sympathy.

Have a discussion

With all this information in mind, I hope you can have an open-minded and constructive talk with your girlfriend. Since you've already talked about contraception at the start of your relationship (kudos for that !), and she wasn't completely closed to the idea, I think this will go well as long as you don't go in there demanding she goes on the pill or get an implant. Explain your concerns, and ask her if she has given any more thought to going on birth control and if she would consider it more seriously now.

As for the ban on sex until all is secure, depending on several factors (the time to get an appointment, some birth controls can only be started on a specific moment of your cycle, some again aren't effective immediately and have a waiting period), this could range from a week to a month. I understand if you're uncomfortable with penetrative sex until a solution has been found and put in place. But there's a lot you can do still ! No need to put a ban on sex all-together, just the part where pregnancy is possible. Hands, oral, buy toys, get a bit creative,... Or use the combo condoms/spermicide/pull-out method. I think this will go over much better with your girlfriend then just saying "I'm not touching you for the next two weeks".

Last side-note : don't know what your finances are (and hers) or who pays for condoms, but consider paying for half of her birth control.

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    And if you plan to not have children at all, a vasectomy : very effective, very little risks of complications or side effects (way less than a contraceptive has for women) -- this really isn't a viable option for a man in a 2 month relationship. Also depending on the age of the person, they may be way to young to know whether or not the want to have kids..... – user1856 Oct 10 '19 at 14:05
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    @MisterPositive I agree, don't do it just for the other person, it's also why I say "if you plan to not have children at all". I'm not pushing for a vasectomy, but mentioning it does exist and can be a potential solution, depending on one's situation. Many men who don't want (any more) children choose to no do it and are all too happy to let their SO's keep the full burden of birth control, so I'm happy to put a little reminder out there that this exists and might not be as scary as one might think. – MlleMei Oct 10 '19 at 14:21
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Let's take a quick look at your situation as I understand it:

  1. You previously discussed usage of female contraceptives without angry responses.
  2. You're worried that you might get your girlfriend pregnant.
  3. You think that abstinence from sex will irritate your girlfriend.

Alright, so you're worried that you might get your girlfriend pregnant and that while waiting for her contraceptives to come in, she'll conjure up a huge attitude of anger because she can't have sex.

For any normal/healthy relationship, I really don't expect this to happen. If she understands and sympathizes with your additional worries/fears she'll be willing to wait a bit.

If she does for some reason decide to respond with anger and forms a temper simply because she can't have sex with you for a few days, this is going to raise a red flag. Why? Because she’d be ignoring your own personal wishes and concerns and that brings the possibility for a controlling and just overall bad relationship. She should be attentive to your worries and not simply throw a fit because she has to wait a relatively small amount of time.

From what you've told us, it looks like she's generally fine with female contraceptives. Just ask her about it like you did before and mention that it'll make you feel better about things if you waited a few days.

Personally, given the well known and documented success rate of condoms when used properly, I think that your reasoning is somewhat fallible and you should consider the idea that just using them until she gets her contraceptives will be okay. :)

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    FYI, it probably wouldn't be just for a few days: there's the time to get an appointment, some birth controls can only be started on a specific moment of your cycle, and some again aren't effective immediately so there's a waiting period there too. So the waiting period could range from a week to a month. Doesn't really change the core of your response, but I think the more information and context OP has, the better. – MlleMei Oct 10 '19 at 9:05

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