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This week, we are talking about guaranteed contraception methods. 2023 is a year for letting go of restrictions and this might involve a lot of sexual activity for some people so there are precautions you should take.
Are you familiar with contraception? Did you know that condoms and the pill are not the only Contraception methods? And that most of these methods date back to ancient times.
Today we will be talking about 10 of these guaranteed contraception methods.
Let’s get settled in.
10 Guaranteed Contraception Methods For You
Contraception or birth control simply put is the prevention of pregnancy. They can also be used to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.
Before deciding to use one or stick to one Contraception method, you need to take your time to understand it and if you are considering the more advanced ones, you should definitely see a doctor. Nothing to be shy about, you are doing this to protect your body after all.
You should consider the comfort level it will provide you, your age and health, and also possible side effects. It also depends on how many sexual partners you intend to have and how it would affect your period or menstrual cycle.
The below list is the top 10 guaranteed contraception methods that you can consider in 2023 to have a more healthy sexual lifestyle.
The first on the list of guaranteed contraception methods is the condom.
The oldest form of Contraception to ever exist, did you know scientists found a condom from ancient Egypt? Those people loved getting down. The condom has many names, including rubber, nylon, and mint (don’t ask) amongst many others.
The condom is a thin covering made of latex or plastic, it prevents semen from entering the vagina. It is the only form of contraception that helps prevent most sexually transmitted infections as well as preventing pregnancy but it may break or rip.
The condom comes in both male and female varieties. The male condom is rolled over an erect penis while the female condom is placed into the vagina.
Pros: It is easy to carry around and it is hormone free, you can also get it from pharmacies and convenience stores near you.
Cons: They can tear or tip which doesn’t make provide 100% protection against pregnancy and some people might react to the latex in the condom.
IUD (Intrauterine device)
The second on our list of guaranteed contraception methods is the IUD.
An intrauterine device or IUD is a small T-shaped device that is fitted into the uterus of a woman by a trained healthcare provider to prevent pregnancy. This method is long-lasting and also reversible.
There are two types of IUDs
- IUDs made from Copper provide 99% protection and can last up to 10 years.
- IUDs made from plastic containing hormones that provide 99.8% protection and can last from 3-7 years.
IUDs work by causing the cervical mucus to become thicker so sperm cannot reach the egg, this also causes menstrual bleeding to become lighter. It is one of those methods that doesn’t require monthly maintenance, you get it and leave it until you decide to take it out or change it for a new one.
This option is only available with a prescription.
Pros: The IUD provides up to 100% protection.
Cons: Irregular bleeding and spotting may occur in the first six months and do not protect against STIs.
The third on the list of guaranteed contraception methods is the Diaphragm.
A diaphragm is a small flexible, reusable dome-shaped cup that is placed into the vagina to stop sperm from entering the uterus. It blocks the cervix to prevent sperm from entering the uterus. It can be bent in half and inserted into the vagina.
It will need to stay in place 6 hours after sex and no longer than 24 hours because it will need to be taken out and cleaned.
Pros: The diaphragm provides up to 87% protection and up to 94% when used with contraception gel. It can also be used more than once and can last up to two years.
Cons: This method does not protect against some STIs and you are at risk of being infected with HIV.
The fourth on the list of guaranteed contraception methods is Spermicide.
It is a gel or cream that prevents sperm from reaching the egg, remember the Contraception gel from above? This is it. The spermicide has chemicals that will damage the sperm so it can’t swim up to the egg. This method should be used according to the prescription.
It should be placed in the vagina 15-30 minutes before sex, it can last up to 1 hour of sex and you are not supposed to wash it out immediately after sex.
Pros: When paired with other contraception methods like the diaphragm, it can provide up to 94% protection, but it is only 70% effective.
Cons: It does not protect against STIs, it in fact makes your risk higher as the chemicals in the spermicide can irritate your vagina can make it easier to get infected.
The fifth method on the list of guaranteed contraception methods is the Sponge.
This is not the kind of sponge you use for household purposes, it is a small donut-shaped device that contains the spermicide from above, it prevents the sperm from getting into the vagina by blocking the cervix.
To use, wet the sponge with water and placed it into the vagina, once it is wet, it will release spermicide into your vagina so you have to put it in 24 hours before sex and you should not leave it inside your vagina for more than 30 hours.
Pros: You can get it without a prescription.
Cons: It provides between 76-91% protection and is also more effective if you have never given birth.
The sixth on the list of guaranteed contraception methods is the Contraceptive Implant.
This is a small flexible rod that is the size of a matchstick that is placed under the skin of a woman’s upper arm, it will deliver a steady stream of the hormone progesterone that will stop the ovary from releasing eggs and also thickens the cervical mucus making it difficult for sperm to enter the womb. It can last about three years before it can be removed or replaced.
You cannot use this method yourself, it has to be inserted by a professional.
Pros: They provide up to 100% protection, it does not interrupt sex, and is also reversible.
Cons: It causes irregular bleeding for up to six months, and it can cause some people to stop having their periods. It doesn’t protect against STIs and causes sore breasts ad frequent headaches.
The Morning After Pill
The seventh on the list of guaranteed contraception methods is the Morning After Pill.
This is one of the most common Contraception methods after the condom. It can be used to prevent pregnancy after sex if you didn’t use any protection for sex or the condom broke or a woman has been sexually assaulted.
This method can be effective for up to five days after having sex and the sooner it is taken the more effective it is.
Pros: When taken in the first 3 days after sex, it can provide up to 85% protection and can be bought at a pharmacy without a prescription.
Cons: It can cause side effects like nausea and vomiting, and the next period might be early or delayed. It does not protect against STIs.
The eighth on the list of guaranteed contraception methods is the Contraception Ring.
This flexible plastic ring releases hormones and will be placed into the vagina. It will stay in place for three weeks and another should be used after one week of taking it out.
Pros: You can use it yourself, it can control your periods, and lowers your fertility rate till after the ring is taken out.
Cons: It does not protect against STIs and might be unsuitable for some women.
The ninth on the list of guaranteed contraception methods is Sterilization (Vasectomy)
This is a procedure that is performed to seal the vans deferens, the tubes in the male reproductive system that carries the sperm.
This procedure is done by a surgeon and will involve tying or cutting off the tubes.
Pros: The procedure is almost 100% effective and is reversible in some cases.
Cons: It might not prevent immediate protection against pregnancy and the female may need another form of birth control for a few months.
The 10th on the list of guaranteed contraception methods is Abstinence.
The good old abstinence is 100% effective and will protect you against STDs. You should abstain from sex if you know you are not ready yet and make sure when you have sex; you are not pressured into doing it.
That concludes our list of 10 guaranteed Contraception methods for you in 2023, take your time to go through them and think through the option you decide to choose.
Let me know in the comments if you would like a second list.
See you next week.