you decide to have sex and you don’t want to get pregnant,
you will need to find a method of birth control that is right for
Condoms: You should always use a condom when having sex because
they also help prevent STDs. Many other forms of “birth control” do
not prevent STDs. And although condoms don’t protect
you from all STDs, they do reduce the risk of contacting many,
and especially HIV. Many times condoms
used the wrong way, and then they don’t protect against anything.
When using a condom, make sure the penis is fully covered by the
condom and that there is a little room at the end of the condom
for the sperm to collect in. Also, condoms often rip easily, so
Don’t rely on the guy to have a condom. If you are sexually
active, bring condoms with you and don’t hesitate to make
sure they are used. If a guy refuses to put on a condom or tries
you to do without, then he is not the right guy for you.
The Pill: The birth control pill is a common form of contraception used by
women. It is over 90% effective in preventing pregnancy
when used correctly. Some types of pills are more effective
than others, and you will get conflicting information about effectiveness
from each company and survey. There are many different types of
on the market. Talk to your doctor about which pill is right for
you. There are some important things to remember about taking the
pill. Your OB/GYN will give you specifics, but you should be cautious
when taking the pill and not get lazy about the rules. It works
by preventing ovulation, which is the release of the egg into
uterus that happens every month. If you don’t ovulate, then
you can’t get pregnant, because there is no egg to become
fertilized by a sperm through sexual intercourse. There are certain
associated with the pill, including nausea, slight weight gain,
headaches, breast tenderness, dizziness and mood changes. Many
take the pill because they’re afraid of over-exaggerated
myths about weight gain. The weight gain that happens when you
pill is very slight, and it varies for everyone. Lots of girls
even gain any weight at all. By exercising regularly and eating
right, you can totally prevent any weight gain associated with
It’s silly to refuse something that could help you just because
of your vanity, so talk to your doctor if you’re really concerned
and be smart. Many women who take the pill feel that their hormones
are “out of whack” and feel very emotional when they
first start taking the pill. This is natural because the pill is
designed to change your hormonal balance in order to prevent ovulation.
Some women take the birth control pill to control irregular periods,
to minimize cramping in PMS, or to clear up acne problems.
- Use an alternative form of birth control during the
first month that you are taking the pill – just to be safe
until you are sure you are in the habit of taking your pills
every day and aren’t
likely to forget one.
- Scheduling matters when you take the pill.
Try to take your pill at the same time every day to get your
body used to the routine.
- Don’t smoke when you are on the
pill. Birth control pills increase the health risks associated
with smoking, including
blood clotting and stroke.
- Certain medications, including many antibiotics,
may affect the effectiveness of birth control pills, so be sure
to use an alternative method
of contraception, such as a condom, if you are prescribed an antibiotic.
pill does not protect against STDs. Always use a condom when
you are having sex. Even if you are having sex with a long-term
boyfriend who you trust very much, you should still use a condom while you’re
on the pill. You can never be too sure about these things.
of all, make sure you take your pill every day. If you skip a day, you can
generally double up on the next day—but
if remembering to take your pill is hard for you, it might not
the best birth
control method for you.
The Patch: There is a relatively new method
of birth control out that is called the patch. This is a thin,
band-aid-like patch that
stays on your body all month long. It acts just like the birth
control pill, but you don’t have to remember to take the
pill every day. The patch is very durable and generally won’t
fall off, even in the shower or at the beach.