What methods of birth control are safe? (girls)

Protect yourself by using a latex condom with spermicide every time you have vaginal sex. Condoms also protect you from sexually transmitted infections.

It is OK to take birth control pills during radiation treatment. However, it is possible that chemotherapy could make birth control pills less effective.

Your platelets should be at least “50” and your neuts should be at least “1” to use birth control methods that are inserted into the vagina, such as:

  • Diaphragm
  • Female condom
  • Contraceptive sponge

An intrauterine device (IUD) is put inside your uterus. This method of birth control is not safe for you.

Why? Because putting something in your vagina or uterus can rub, scratch or tear the delicate lining inside. During treatment, this may put you at greater risk for serious bleeding or infection. If you have any questions about birth control, talk with your oncologist.