This is such a sensitive topic for so many people, especially women. As young women we should be going the extra mile to protect ourselves from unwanted things such as disease and in many cases accidental pregnancies. There’s no shame in having sex because eventually, we all do it. Most of the population between the ages of 18-25 are sexually active and many aren’t protecting themselves.
The risks of contracting Gonorrhea, Syphilis, HIV, Herpes, even crabs among many more are getting higher and higher. To prevent this and to lower the risks of becoming infected it’s vital that we get tested regularly to not only have peace of mind but to also protect our partners and future partners.
Birth Control is something that’s important and that comes in so many methods, that one is bound to be the best fit for each and everyone of us.
The Shot: A good choice for those women who can’t take estrogen, it’s long lasting and no one has to know about it but you and your doctor.
The Male Condom: It’s more than 80% effective, can purchase it without prescription and its inexpensive.
Fertility Awareness: Charting the days you’re most fertile and abstaining from intercourse on those days. It’s safe but not as effective unless combined with other birth control methods.
IUD (Intrauterine Device): Long lasting and also private, no one has to know. But even with this method you should use a condom because the IUD only protects against pregnancy and not STDs nor STIs.
The Patch: Works like the Pill but instead of worrying about taking it everyday, this method is only worried about once a week. The down side, it’s not too private.
The Ring: Also works like the Pill and can last up to a month.
Spermicide: Easy to purchase without prescription.
Diaphragm: Can be inserted hours before sex, non-hormonal, and works immediately.
The Pill: One of the oldest methods, easy to swallow, can have positive effects but also negative effects depending on the person’s body. The down side, you may forget to take these and they don’t have immediate effect.
Female Condom: Best for women who are allergic to latex as well as for those women who want to be in control.
Cervical Cap: Works like the diaphragm and can be inserted hours before sex and its effective immediately.
Withdrawal: No need for doctors, but it’s also a bad idea.. because there can be sperm in the pre-ejaculate.
Sponge: No hormone, no prescription, can be inserted hours before sex.
Emergency Contraception: Not to be used as regular birth control but only for emergencies, can be taken up to 48-72 hours after unprotected sex.
Sterilization: A permanent solution for those who don’t want to have kids.
Point is, it’s not about either having sex or not. You can be sexually active and have safe sex. Protect yourself, know your status and before getting involved with someone, know their status and don’t be afraid to suggest the use of birth control. There’s a method for everyone.
(info from http://bedsider.org/methods)