“Safe sex is great sex, better wear a latex. ‘Cause you don’t want that late text, that ‘I think I’m late’ text.” –Lil’ Wayne, Lollipop
Practicing safety is an essential part of a healthy sex life, and the concept spans far past Lil’ Wayne’s (and most people’s) fear of unplanned pregnancy. Some things to keep in mind when practicing safe sex specifically around birth control.
- “He didn’t have a condom.” “Aren’t you on the pill?”
These excuses are not good enough. Don’t assume your partner is responsible for providing contraceptives. Be prepared, and always bring your own wrappers.
- “She brought her own condoms, what a hoe.”
Although our culture generally condemns women who carry condoms, lube, or dental dams you should channel your inner Amazon and give slut-shaming the finger. Ladies, always come prepared—and that means being prepared to either do the deed safely or abstain.
- “I’m on the pill, so we don’t need a condom.”
Contraceptives are important for more than just pregnancy prevention. Women on birth control, men with vasectomies, same sex partners, and infertile people still need to practice safe sex methods. Always wear a condom. Always wash your parts—including your hands. Remember lube can be helpful, not just for comfort, but for prevention of tearing, cuts, and drawing blood which can cause dangerous exposure to fluids. A rule of thumb, transfer of fluids is how disease is transferred.
For additional resources on birth control methods, you can visit Planned Parenthood’s website https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/birth-control
or Advocates for Youth’s Contraceptive page http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/topics-issues/contraceptives/1278
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