When it comes to having protected s*x, the truth is that many people are more concerned about not getting pregnant than s*xually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Especially among young people who are not really very conscious of the implications of STDs, the focus is on ensuring that there is not repercussion 9 months after tumbling in bed naked.
While many people have turned to condoms for refuge, it must be noted that there are other ways a s*xually active couple – married or single, can prevent unwanted pregnancies from happening as discussed by The Health Site.
Though condoms have been proven to be 98% effective when used correctly, some people find them uncomfortable. Also, when there is a certainty that there are no STD risk, some people see no reason for a condom and then they use these methods:
(1) Oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) – these are also called ‘birth control pills’. A woman needs to take these pills regularly to prevent pregnancy. They work in two ways: some prevent the release of an ovum from the ovary while others secrete thick mucus that prevent contact between sperm and egg.
(2) Copper T – this is a type of intrauterine contraceptive device that is placed inside the uterus of the woman. The device prevents the implantation of a fertilized egg.
(3) V*ginal bolus – this is a large tablet that you can insert into the vagina about 30 minutes before s*x. The tablet contains a spermicidal compound that that prevents pregnancy.
(4) Depot Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (DMPA) injection – this is an intramuscular injections that is taken every 3 months to prevent pregnancy.
(5) Morning After Pills – this is an emergency contraceptive method that is swallowed orally not more than 72 hours after the unprotected sex happens.
All of these five methods are medically approved.
You can however speak with an expert if you are in doubt as to what approach is best for you. Meanwhile, use a condom!