DP Family: Birth Control

Realities of Birth Control

In a taped segment, Dr. Phil mentions that Katherine is sexually active with Sean and asks her, "Are you on birth control?"

"No," she replies, "but we always use condoms. We're always protected. He's very adamant about that."

"Why aren't you on birth control?" Dr. Phil probes.

"Because I don't have health insurance right now," she says.

"Condoms break. You need to be on birth control," Dr. Phil says. "You don't want to be in a situation where Alexandra is, right?"

"No, no, no," she says.

[AD]In the studio, Dr. Phil says to Katherine, "I was bothered when you said, ‘He is very adamant.'"

"I am too," she says. "I just wanted to tell you that he was careful, too."

"Do you want to get pregnant?" Dr. Phil asks.

"No," she replies.

"This isn't something you would do to solidify this relationship?" Dr. Phil asks.

"Oh, no, no, no," Katherine says, adding that she is on birth control now.

Dr. Phil addresses Sean. "What's your life plan?"

"I plan on going to school," he says, adding that he will also work with his father part-time while he's taking classes.

"What are your intentions with Katherine?" Dr. Phil asks, reminding him to be honest.

[AD]"Continue dating and so forth, maybe eventually move in together," he says. "Things are going good right now, so I'm trying to keep them like this. I'm being honest with her. She's being honest with me. We're getting along very well."

Dr. Phil asks Katherine, "Would you live with him if he asked you to?"

"Yeah," she replies. "We've talked about getting our own place at the end of this year." She adds that they both need to get jobs to have money, and Sean must demonstrate stability before she lives with him.

Sean agrees that he must be able to take care of himself, before he can take care of Katherine.

"Do you think it would be a good idea for you to date other girls right now to kind of get an idea of how you really feel and what you want to do?" Dr. Phil asks Sean.

"Right now, I'm pretty comfortable with her. She's a very good girlfriend, always there for me, caring, and I try to be the same for her," he says.

[AD]"So this has changed since the night you showed up at the party with two other girls?" Dr. Phil asks.

"Yes," Sean replies.

Katherine says she's devoted to Sean.

"You really can make this [relationship] solid, if you require things of yourself and each other," Dr. Phil tells the couple.