As a male-identified person in a sexually active relationship, you play a big part in whether or not your partner becomes pregnant.
You may think your partner knows everything about sex and birth control. You may also think she’ll make sure she doesn’t become pregnant. This isn’t always true! It is a shared responsibility to prevent pregnancy and STIs.
As a man, you need to know the facts about sex, so both you and your partner can work together to avoid an unplanned pregnancy. Click here to watch a video on how pregnancy happens.
- Men release 200 to 300 million sperm per ejaculation and if 1 of those sperm reaches an egg and implants itself in the uterus, your partner may get pregnant and you may become a father.
- There is no safe time to have sex without birth control to avoid pregnancy.
- The only way to prevent pregnancy is to keep the sperm from reaching the egg. This means a birth control method needs to be used during the time of being sexually active.
There are a lot of birth control methods available that a person with a uterus can use to prevent pregnancy and both people in a relationship should discuss what’s ideal for them.
Here are 2 birth control methods men can use with little to no help from their partner:
Abstinence – This means not having any type of sex – including anal, oral, vaginal sex, and naked genital to genital rubbing. This is the only method that is 100% effective when preventing pregnancy.
Condoms – A condom is a thin layer of rubber or plastic that is placed over an erect penis. The condom acts like a barrier, keeping the sperm inside the condom and not entering the a partner’s uterus. Condoms are up to 98% effective when preventing pregnancy if used correctly and consistently.