Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Who Lied to You About Contraceptives?

It seems we live in a culture where everyone knows that there are certain measures you need to take to stay healthy and prevent pregnancy when you are sexually active. However, no one talks about the details, and so everyone assumes what they know is what they know. Well, let’s debunk some myths, shall we?

No contraceptive is 100%: Contraceptives are meant to be used systematically. And the better you are at using them right, the higher the probability is that they’ll work. However, no contraceptive works 100% all the time. As long as there is intercourse, there is a chance of pregnancy, no matter how small.

Birth control pills must be taken on schedule: For the pill to work, it should be taken every day. No one is perfect, and so women skip days. But the more you skip, the higher the possibility you will get pregnant. Birth control pills are not perfectly effective, but the effectiveness goes down as you miss your doses.

Condoms are not only for men: Yes, we all know condoms are a maximum of 98% effective, and some condoms are even less effective. But if men are constantly complaining about wearing condoms, rather than go without, you could try the female version. However, it is important to note that female condoms are even less effective than the male version.

There are long term solutions: Intrauterine devices (IUDs) and tying your tubes are just a couple of the contraceptive solutions for women who prefer not to think about contraceptives every day. IUDs are planted in the uterus, and can last for up to 12 years.

Test your birth control knowledge by taking this quiz: Birth Control Quiz

With all this, it is still important to note that the only contraceptive that prevents sexually transmitted diseases is the use of condoms. And of course, the only way to prevent pregnancy and STDs 100% is abstinence. It is very important to always talk to your doctor and stay informed.

Cheers Eights & Weights!

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