Advice For Future

My boyfriend and I have been talking about sex and the different ways that we could be protected. There is 2 mainstream ways that people say protected; condoms and birth control. I want to know what to do because I don't really want to go on birth control, but don't want to get pregnant. He said if/when we do it it would be better to use a condom (it's not happening if we don't have that) and birth control. But I don't want to ask my mom to go on it cause I don't have bad cramps or anything and I don't want to tell her that I'm thinking of sex. What do I do...?