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What method of birth control is right for you?
Whether you are in a relationship or not, having sex is a choice that eventually you will have to make. Sexual urges are normal. When you begin to think about having sex however, there are consequences that you have to consider. The biggest of which are how you are planning to protect yourself from STDs, HIV/AIDS, and unwanted pregnancies. With all the options out there, there is only one that is 100% effective. Abstinence.
What is abstinence?
Abstinence is when you choose to not have vaginal intercourse, anal intercourse, or oral sex.
Can you still be physical while being abstinent?
Yes! Just because you are abstinent doesn’t mean that you can’t be physical with your partner. Outercourse allows you to be sexual with your partner without risking pregnancy or contracting an STD.
What is outercourse?
- Dry humping or grinding
- Talking about your fantasies together
A condom is slid over an erect penis before intercourse.
If used properly, condoms are 98% effective. However, if you do not follow the instructions perfectly, their efficacy can dop to 82%.
Condoms are cost-effective and easily purchased at a drugstore or may even be free at a health clinic. Don’t worry about having to hide them, condoms are packaged so that they are easy to conceal in a purse or back pocket.
Latex condoms are the best method of protecting against HIV/AIDS, pregnancy, and STDs other than abstinence. However, there are few negative aspects to condoms. Because they have to be put on during intercourse, it is easy to forget to put them on, and, they can irritate the penis or vagina.
Birth control pills, the skin patch, or the vaginal ring work by releasing artifical hormones into the female blood stream. They stop the ovaries from releasing eggs and thicken the mucus making it difficult for sperm to enter the womb.
These methods of birth control must be prescribed by a healthcare provider. If you miss pills or are not careful to follow all directions as prescribed, they are only 91% effective. If used properly, they are 99% effective.
Birth control pills, the skin patch, and the vaginal ring are great because they are easy to use and don’t interfere with intercourse.
The pill can reduce your chances of getting ovarian and endometrial cancer and some pills can even reduce the number of periods you get in a year.
These methods can cause weight changes or mood swings and do not protect against HIV/AIDS, or STDs.