Don't leave it up to him: contraception for her

Taking care of your own contraception allows you to keep in control of your own health, and ultimately, your own body. It means taking a stand against the spread of STDs and pregnancy, and it means that you’ll be able to choose exactly when you want to have sex at a time that’s comfortable to you. So learn what’s out there and don’t just leave it up to him to be prepared.

What's Available?

There’s a long list of potential contraceptives out there, depending on what you like. Popular types of contraception include condoms (both male and female), the pill, and implants. There are other lesser known solutions as well, some of which are permanent, and it’s worth talking to your doctor to find out about the potential benefits of each.

The Pill

The birth control pill, or simply “the pill,” has been around for decades, and famously allowed women to take control of their sexual health for the first time. It works hormonally, preventing the ovaries from releasing an egg and also making it more difficult for sperm to reach the egg. Because the pill works with hormones, you’ll want to talk to a doctor about which type could be best for you, since there are a variety of options. While the pill is effective against pregnancy, it cannot prevent STDs. Combining it with condoms can be an effective way to prevent both.

Implants and IUDs

A relatively new innovation in contraception, implants work like the pill, but come in the form of a tube that’s inserted into your arm. Similarly, an IUD is a small T-shaped device that’s inserted into the uterus. Implants can last for up to three years, and IUDs up to five years, and both stop the release of eggs from ovaries. Like the pill, they don’t protect you against STDs, but are effective at preventing pregnancy. They also have the benefit of not having to be taken orally every day. Just one insertion is all. Speak to your doctor about the kinds of contraception available, and even find out whether you’re covered for it by your health insurance.

Female Condoms

Female condoms fit inside the vagina, and work on the same principle as male condoms. They’re made of a thin, soft plastic called polyutherane. Female condoms often get a bad wrap (ahem) but are a good choice among other kinds of contraceptives, and protect you from both STDs and pregnancy.

No form of contraceptive is 100% effective 100% off the time, but don’t rule something out without trying it first, or just talking about it. Making those decisions should all begin with a conversation with your partner.

Your Own Protection

On your terms, taking control of both types of contraception, and its availability, are central to your own sense of empowerment, and also potential enjoyment when it comes to sex. In letting your partner choose, or bring, contraception, without talking about which is best can have an impact on the relationship you have, and the confidence you have when it comes to safe sex. Great sex with chosen contraception can allow you to really let yourself go, and provides peace of mind that can help boost your passion.