If you’re having sex and don’t want a baby, don’t leave it up to chance! While there are only two birth control options (aside from abstinence!) for men: condoms and vasectomy; there is a plethora of options out there for women – a few of which are available at Isham! No matter what kind of birth control you decide to use, keep in mind that most methods only protect against pregnancy and should be used with a condom to increase efficiency and to protect against STI/STDs.
Birth control methods that DO protect against STIs:
- Abstinence – ALWAYS works (100% effective)
“Sex can wait, set a date!”
- Male Condoms – a thin rubber sheath worn over the penis to prevent ejaculatory fluids from being transmitted
“Don’t be silly, wrap your willy!”
- Female Condoms – a pouch that is inserted into the vagina before intercourse
“Like male condoms, but for chicks.”
Birth control methods that DO NOT protect against STIs:
- Birth Control Implant – a thin, flexible plastic implant inserted (by a medical professional) in the upper arm to prevent pregnancies
“For when you’re too forgetful for a daily pill.”
- Birth Control Pills -hormone pills taken daily to prevent ovulation
“When an ‘oops’ can be terrifying.”
- Birth Control Patch – a thin, beige plastic sticker/patch applied to the skin
“No, mom, it’s just a band-aid.”**
- Vaginal Ring – transparent, flexible ring that is inserted into the vagina and delivers hormones that prevent ovulation and provide about a month of birth control
“Studies have shown that the Vaginal Ring was not well-received as an engagement ring.”
- Depo Control Shot – a hormone shot received every three weeks into the arm or buttocks
“If you have aichmophobia, look elsewhere.”
- IUD – a little T shaped piece of plastic inserted (by a medical provider) into the uterus
“Like the Boston T—trains come and go.”
- Pull-Out Method (Withdrawal) – the act of removing the penis from the vagina before ejaculation.
“When an ‘oops’ is even MORE terrifying.’
- Birth Control Sponge – a soft sponge that is infused with spermicide that is inserted into the vagina before intercourse
“Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?”
- Diaphragm/ Cervical Cap – a silicone dome-shaped cup that is inserted into the vagina, over the cervix
“Brings a whole new meaning to the Dimmsdale Dimmadome”
*With proper application – the data for screw-ups (a.k.a. “typical use”) is much riskier. Be meticulous.
** This is a joke – It is strongly recommended, though not required, that you have a conversation with a parent or guardian before going on birth control.
Here is a good website to learn more: http://bedsider.org/methods