A topic that many feel uneasy about. Taboo. Not to be discussed in public. But why? Humans are one of the few species that have intercourse for pleasure as well as mating to produce offspring. Which leads us to contraception, something you should always be armed with, just in case you’re not leaving the club on your own (or wherever you might find yourself!)
I decided to myth bust some facts, and show you guys that it’s not something to feel ashamed about talking about! Have a look through and see if you learn anything new!
- Sexual intercourse with condoms ~ruins~ his experience. While it’s true that guys might feel different sensations, it’s not something that would change the experience as much as they claim. Can he feel it when a condom breaks during sex ? Usually most men have no clue if that has happened so I’d always point that one out. And any guy that gives you an excuse about not using one doesn’t respect you as he should. I’ve come across some of these types, and they’re only suitable for ignoring!
- You don’t need contraception if you’re sleeping with a female partner. Ladies, it might now be nice to admit but guys don’t pass all of the STI’s, otherwise they wouldn’t be transmitted to as many people (stats say that Chlamydia is more common than the cold in the UK). Women can access femidoms /dams (female condoms) from pharmacies, chemist and sexual health clinics.
- You only need protection for intercourse. Sexually transmitted infections like HPV, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis can be transmitted through any genital contact, so don’t ignore safe sex just because you’re doing “everything but” — everyone understands that it’s not as “cool” (whilst you’re at the age you discuss these things) but it’s better to be STI free!
- Contraception (excluding condoms) makes you put on weight. We don’t know of any research that shows the pill or most other types of contraception to be associated with weight gain. There is one format of contraception that has been associated with weight gain and this is Depo Provera, the injection. I myself have had the injection and found that it didn’t put on as much weight as I thought it may, and that weight shifted once I stopped having that format of contraception. If you’re worried about weight gain on contraception then I’d advised you contact your GP or local family planning clinic.
- Emergency contraception HAS to be used “the morning after” unprotected sex. Emergency contraception is often known as the “morning after pill” – but it’s not a very helpful or accurate term. There are actually THREE formats of emergency contraception and only two are in the format of pills/tablets. The most common emergency contraception is Levonelle. This can be taken up to 72 hours after intercourse, although they advise it is more effective the quicker you take it. ellaOne and the emergency IUD (cooper IUD) can be effective up to 5 days. Remember that sperm have a life span (once ejaculated) of SEVEN days! Emergency contraception is available for free from GPs, and often most pharmacies including Boots, Superdrug, TESCO etc, will provide you with one for free. However should you need to pay for this the price is round about £25.00 for the one tablet. Emergency contraceptive tablets may make the patient feel nauseous, this should subside within 24 hours, should the patient vomit, the contraception would be unsuccessful and alternative methods would need to be used.
Hope these have helped a little! Let me know in the comments below if you’d like more on sex, relationships, love etc!