Updated: Feb 10
What is contraception?
Contraception is a variety of methods used to prevent pregnancy and STIs.
There are many medications, surgeries, and other devices that fall into this category, but generally when we say "protection", we're referring to barrier methods, such as condoms, dental dams, and other physical coverings.
Why is protection important?
Protection greatly reduces the risk of pregnancy and contracting an STI.
Condoms, for example, are 98% effective at protecting against pregnancy and STIs when used correctly.
Wearing protection means that you and your partner don't need to worry about the possibility of contracting an STI or getting pregnant and can focus more on the... *ahem* task at hand.
How do I talk to my partner about using protection?
The best way to discuss using protection is to be open and honest.
Although it may be uncomfortable or awkward, voice your need to use protection early on, especially if you are not 100% sure of your partner's STI status or are a female who does not use another method of birth control.
Make sure to remain steadfast.
If your partner isn't receptive to wearing protection, let them know that you want to use it for your own health and for theirs.
We recommend watching Planned Parenthood's video on discussing protection with your partner:
What if my partner doesn't want to wear protection?
The most important thing to remember is that your body is YOUR body.
If you care about your sexual health and your partner doesn't respect your concerns, this can spell major trouble for your relationship with them moving forward. Question whether or not it's worth it to engage with someone who doesn't care about your sexual health or their own. Willingly risking you or your partner's sexual health isn't sexy. Peace of mind is sexy.