When having sex for the first time, you should have a Contraception Guide and method in place to protect both you and your lover from the chance of having an unwanted pregnancy and to help the prevention of transmission of sexual infections. When choosing a Contraception Method have a conversation with your partner and general practitioner about the methods that are available. Talk about the contraception price, how to use it and how it works. Different Contraception Methods can have a diverse range of side effects. Some common side effects may include: Breast sensitivity, weight gain, queasiness, headaches, temperament changes and decreased libido. It is recommended to research the Contraception Methods in further detail online to find out other people’s honest reviews and opinions.
- Birth Control Implant: The contraceptive implant is a rod which gets inserted into the upper arm of your skin by a doctor. The implant contains a hormone that ceases ovulation and changes the fluid in your vagina to a much thicker consistency, making it challenging for any sperm to move. The implant leaves a scar from insertion and another scar for removal but they are both unnoticeable as they are hidden. The implant is almost 100% effective if used correctly and lasts for three years. People experience different side effects on the Birth Control Implant, it is important to review what they have said online.
- Birth Control Shot: The Birth Control Shot is a contraceptive a hormonal injection that is given every 12 weeks to 14 weeks. It stops ovulation and changes the fluid in your vagina to a much thicker consistency, making it challenging for any sperm to move. The Birth Control Shot is99% effective if used correctly.
- Birth Control Pill & Vaginal Ring: The Birth Control Pill and Vaginal Ring are both 99.7% effective if used correctly. With both of these contraceptive methods it is important to take a birth control pill every day and you will need to replace the Vaginal Ring on time. If you have forgotten to take a pill or change the ring, the effectiveness of the contraceptives drops to 91% effective. The Vaginal Ring is inserted into the vagina for 3 weeks which releases hormones into the bloodstream. A new Vaginal Ring is inserted every 3 weeks.
- Intra Uterine Device: The Intra Uterine Device is small plastic object that contains either copper or hormones. The Intra Uterine Device is inserted in the uterus by a doctor and lasts for up to 10 years. You are able to ask for it to be removed at any time by a doctor. The Intra Uterine Device is 99% effective if used correctly. It makes the uterus lining different so the sperm cannot live on and the egg is also unable to attach to the uterus. It has various side effects.
- Morning-After Pill: The morning-after pill is a tablet that you take the day after you have had unsafe sexual intercourse or if you used a contraceptive method that failed like a broken condom. It works by ending ovulation and is 85% effective. It is recommended to take the pill within 24 hours but it still is effective to work if you take it 96 hours later. The pill can also be taken on day 5 but its effectiveness decreases.
- Condom: A condom is made from latex and is placed on an erect penis. When the man ejaculates during sex the condom captures the sperm. Condoms are98% effective if used correctly. It is important to put the condom on before it get in contact with the vagina. Condoms are easily accessible and affordable as they can be bought from almost any supermarket. Some well-known condoms include Ansell, Four Seasons, Naked and SAX.
- Diaphragm: A diaphragm is a low curved dome that is placed into the vagina by a doctor. It shelters the uteruses opening, preventing sperm from entering. After you have sex, wait 6 hours before removing it. The diaphragm is 94% effective if fitted properly.
- Female Condom: The female condom is a device made from polyurethane which is placed in the vagina preventing sperm from travelling to the uterus. Female condoms can be placed inside the vaginas hours before the sexual encounter but may take time for you to learn how to insert it.The female condom is 95% effective if used correctly.
- Pull Out Method: The Pull Out Method is also known as Withdrawal and is in our sex guide. Withdrawal occurs when the man pulls out his penis from the vagina before he ejaculates. Some people use this method as it is free and there are no side effects although it does not protect the couple from Sexually Transmitted Infections or pre-cum. Withdrawal can work alongside other contraception methods to increase their effectiveness. Once a year, 4 out of every 100 women who use Withdrawal will become pregnant. If the withdrawal method is not used flawlessly, the rate increases to 27 out of every 100 women will become pregnant.
- Outercourse: Outercourse is sexual activity without penetration. Outercourse can include dry humping, mutual masturbation, kissing, oral sex, anal sex, sex toys, fantasy play and manual stimulation. Outercourse is a good way for people to learn how their bodies operate, how to have an orgasm and gives them an opportunity to explore their sexuality. Outercourse can be enhanced by wearing provocative lingerie.
- Fertility Awareness: Fertility Awareness involves the tracking of the woman’s ovulation cycle. Sexual activity is planned for the days that they are less likely to result in pregnancy. Fertility Awareness is usually used alongside male condoms, emergency contraception and abstinence. Fertility Awareness requires a lot of self-restraint and precise tracking. There are four different methods including:
- The Temperature Method: The Temperature Method identifies ovulation through body temperature changes.
- The Cervical Mucus Method: The Cervical Mucus Method requires keeping track of your vaginal fluid.
- The Calendar Method: The Calendar Method involves keeping track of how many days are in your menstrual cycle.
- The Standard Days Method: The Standard Days Method uses bead counting to track a regular menstrual cycle.