To Pill Or Not To Pill: Contraception

Having sex is a big deal making sure you don’t end up with a baby after sex is an even bigger deal. Having an unplanned baby can make things difficult on your finances, your career, your relationship, and your life in general. Having a baby is a magical experience but that doesn’t mean you’re ready for that right now, hell some people never want to have that experience and that’s why contraception is so important. If you’re new to having sex or new to using contraception, you may not know which option is right for you. Girls Online is here to share some options you may have, and inform you on how some of them work. Contraception is the deliberate use of artificial methods or other techniques to prevent pregnancy as a consequence of sexual intercourse. There are many methods for both men and women that can assist with pregnancy prevention. Here are some you can consider if you’re thinking of trying contraception.

Condoms

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Condoms are a common form of contraception that not only helps to prevent pregnancy but also helps to prevent STDs. You use a condom by placing it over the male genitalia before sex and keeping it on during. When the male ejaculates he does so into the condom, which helps prevent pregnancy. Be sure not to use a condom that is old or has been tampered with. If the condom has ripped or is old, it might not work as well. Condoms are generally inexpensive and are often given out for free at clinics. You should also be careful if you are allergic or may be allergic to latex. Some people don’t like how condoms feel, so if you use condoms know there can be a noticeable difference in sensation during sex. For more info read here.

Birth Control Pill

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Birth control pills are hormone pills that contain estrogen and progestin, and you take them every day to prevent pregnancy. The pills work by stopping your ovulation (releasing of the egg) so that the sperm has nothing to fertilize. The pills will also thicken the mucus on your cervix so that it makes it harder for the sperm to pass through. It can also change the lining of your womb to make it harder for an egg to implant itself.  Talking to your doctor about going on the pill is extremely important because the pill does have side effects and reacts differently in each person. Common side effects for the pill are anything along the lines of:

  • intermenstrual spotting
  • nausea
  • breast tenderness
  • headaches and migraine
  • weight gain
  • mood changes
  • missed periods
  • decreased libido
  • vaginal discharge

If you experience any issues while taking the pill, you should consult your doctor. If you’ve missed more than two days of taking the pill it’s recommended you use back up contraception. Birth control pills do not protect against STDs. For more info read here.

Contraception Implants

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Contraception implants are small implants that go in your body, typically your arm or in your vagina to prevent pregnancy. The implant releases hormones into the body the same way a birth control pill does.  They also stop your ovulation (releasing of the egg) so that the sperm has nothing to fertilize. It will also thicken the mucus on your cervix so that it makes it harder for the sperm to pass through. You can only get this implant through your doctor, and the doctor will be the one to insert or remove it. The implant prevents pregnancy for up to four years and once you get it, you don’t have to work about it. It’s very popular for people who don’t want to have to take a pill every day or use a condom during sex.  Some are wary of implants because they can move in your body and cause other problems like blood clots. The implants also cause side effects such as:

  • intermenstrual spotting
  • nausea
  • breast tenderness
  • headaches and migraine
  • weight gain
  • mood changes
  • missed periods
  • decreased libido
  • vaginal discharge

At any point, if the implant moves, or makes you feel sick you should consult your doctor and have it removed. It’s also worth noting that the implant can be felt by your partner during sex if the implant is in your vagina. The implant does not protect against STDs. To learn more about this read here.

Vasectomy

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A vasectomy is a surgical procedure a man get to prevent impregnating someone. During the procedure where they tie the tubes that allow the sperm to make it’s way to the penis. This procedure is not considered major surgery and is extremely effective. Men who undergo this procedure can still ejaculate, and immediately after surgery can still impregnate a woman so it’s important to have backup birth control or to wait. The surgery will leave you sore for a few days but a full recovery can be made in a week. You can get a reverse vasectomy but it’s a very tricky procedure and isn’t always successful. You may experience include swelling, bruising, inflammation, and infection. If you experience any of these syptoms it is recommended that you contact your doctor. You should not experience any difference in your testosterone level, erections, climaxes, sex drive, or any other part of your sex life. This procedure does not protect against STDs. To find out more about this read here.

This was general information regarding contraception and is simply here for enlightening purposes. The decision to use contraception or to use a certain type relies solely on each and every individual who is sexually active. If you have questions about contraception or a type of contraception you should speak to your doctor.

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