It’s a Saturday night, and the feeling is right—you and your partner are heading in the direction for some consensual sexual activities! But before it’s time to score, have you made a Birth Control Game Plan?
It can be difficult to stop in the heat of the moment to think about how to prevent pregnancy and STIs—which is why it’s important to have a plan before getting hot and heavy.
Think of it this way: it’s a hot summer day, and you go to the pool. The water is cold, and you’re dipping your toes in the water. Before you know it, you’ve jumped in the pool with your clothes on! Ridiculous! It makes much more sense to buy a swimsuit before summertime, that way when it’s time to swim, you already have the proper equipment to make sensible swimming decisions.
The same goes for birth control. It’s important to figure out what contraceptive choices you and your partner will make, even before it might be time to use it. One of the reasons that birth control methods have ‘perfect’ effectiveness rates and ‘typical’ effectiveness rates is that people make mistakes. It’s okay to make a mistake—but when it comes to your health, it’s wise to take all the steps possible to prevent them from happening.
For example, if you and your partner are planning on using external (male) condoms to help prevent pregnancy and STIs, it makes sense for both you and your partner to have condoms available, and know all the steps to putting on and using a condom effectively. If it’s already the heat of the moment and you’re ready to get things going, it may be easy to forget to pinch the tip of the condom, or look over the instructions on the box to make sure you’re following every step.
Don’t let the heat of the moment trip you up! Have a solid game plan– before you get in the game.
For help choosing your very own method of birth control you try this questionnaire provided by Planned Parenthood: https://www.mybirthcontrolapp.org/