Discussions About Birth Control

It is required by both the partner to discuss about birth control as both share responsibility if an unwanted pregnancy occurs. Moreover it is also important to have a discussion foe safe sex, to keep safe from sexually transmitted diseases. Few individuals feel awkward or embarrassed to have such a discussion. Talking about contraception makes couples prepared for sex and as such they feel they undergo a kind of internal conflict about engaging into sex. According to them it spoils the excitement and pleasure of enjoying unplanned sex which actually is a myth. Most importantly health comes above pleasure. Therefore it is important for couples to discuss about choosing various birth control options.There are many contraceptives designed for use in the woman and as such many couples believe that birth control is not the male partner’s responsibility.
Discussions about Birth control are important as there are a variety of alternatives for both men and women. They need decide and choose the method that suits their health.
The only 100% effective method that prevents pregnancy and STD is abstinence. If you have health problems, discussions about birth control drugs or side-effects become necessary. Consult your physician or pharmacist about it.Birth control pills prevent unwanted pregnancy and are preferred by many women. But these pills have there side effects and they do not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases. Therefore a discussion about pills is a must especially if you fear the risk of a sexual disease and have sex with more than one partner. Some pills have estrogen/progestin combinations, while others are progestin-only pills. There are certain side effects of birth control pills such as headaches, breast swelling, nausea, weight gain and depression. It is crucial to find out what works or does not work for a particular woman as such discussions and consultation cannot be ignored.Condoms are used as a barrier method by both men and women that protect partners from diseases like HIV and prevents from being parents. But not all condoms provide complete safety. There are male condoms made of latex and polyurethane that prevent pregnancy by acting as a barrier against sperm. Condoms are inexpensive and are easily available in drug stores and vending machines. They do not require doctor’s prescription. They pose few health risks compared to hormonal methods.The female barrier methods include the diaphragm, cervical cap, female condom, and contraceptive sponge. These methods work by acting as a barrier to sperm. These methods are difficult to use correctly and are ineffective if not placed properly cause pregnancy. The failure rate is more in teen than women when females go for these barrier methods. Knowing what you want and desire is necessary as it is only then you would opt a particular method. These methods do protect from STDs if used properly.Birth control methods like the IUD or the Pill are not sufficient in a situation of multiple or frequently changing partners because they do not protect against STD’s though they prevent pregnancy.Discussions about birth control should be for prevention and protection, to enhance communication about other sexual concerns, such as the role of sex in a relationship, likes and dislikes, and prevention of sexually transmitted infections.

Can You Still Get Pregnant While on Birth Control?

Apart from complete abstinence, no method of birth control is 100% effective, there is a small chance that couples using contraception can still conceive. Here, then, are five key reasons why this may happen.1. Contraception not used properly.The main reason why contraception fails to work is that it is not used properly. For example, women forget to take the Pill, or if they are on the mini Pill they take it at the wrong time of day. Condoms are sometimes put on incorrectly – if there is any air in then friction can cause the latex to burst or tear. A condom that is too large can slip off, spilling semen. Similarly cervical caps need to be checked to ensure their position does not need adjusting. Even intrauterine devices (IUDs) need checking every so often.2. Inconsistent use of contraceptionHaving unprotected sex “just this once” can result in conception, as can sex while the Pill is being taken but inconsistently so (see above).3. AntibioticsAntibiotics in the blood stream can interact with the birth control pill, decreasing the effective levels of hormones and with that the efficiency of this method. This is the reason why women are advised to use a back-up form of contraception, such as condoms, when they are taking antibiotics.4. Split condomsSplit and broken condoms are an occasional occurrence. The main reasons are using the wrong size of condom in the first place and/or failing to expel air from the condom before it is put on. Using lubricants can help too as these reduce friction – but it needs to be a latex-safe lubricant. Other lubricants can actually weaken the latex and cause it to split so exacerbate the problem.5. Having sex during the “safe time”In fact there is no such thing as a safe time for unprotected sex – most conceptions take place during a woman’ mid cycle but they can also get pregnant on days considered as non fertile. Also, importantly many women don’t have regular cycles all the time. So sex without contraception is ill-advised unless you are actually trying to conceive, no matter what time of the month it is.