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The Ultimate Guide to Contraception [Infographic]
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You forgot one! Abstinence.... 100% EFFECTIVE & natural. No condoms or contraception required-- it's completely free! Zero negative side effects. Some positive side effects include: happiness, true love, better marriage, increase in intimacy and trust in relationships, and a healthy, STI-free reproductive system.
It is discouraging that a website dedicated to helping people live better doesn't even throw out this suggestion. Regardless of what your religious views are, there is no doubt that abstinence has its benefits.
@amandamichaela Totally agree with you.
@amandamichaela Hi, and thanks for reading! You are of course correct that abstinence is a highly effective method of contraception. This infographic presupposes sexual activity, but obviously the choice of whether or not to be sexually active is a personal one. Both sexually active and abstinent partners can be in happy, loving, committed, and intimate relationships (check out http://pss.sagepub.com/content/19/11/1092.extract# for one study finding that sex can benefit relationships). Studies also find that comprehensive sex education better prevents teen pregnancy and STI infection than abstinence-only education (check out http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/108729102320231144 for one example of said studies). In short, comprehensive education is important-- but as you pointed out, it all ultimately comes down to what works for individuals and their partners.
I know this is a general overview and by no means the most in-depth look at the options available but I wanted just point out that at least 1 version of the shot is also used to sterilize male sex offenders in jail (you can google "chemical castration" for more information). Think about what that may mean for YOUR body! It's important to do COMPLETE research when choosing a contraception method. Ask your friends, ask your doctor, ask your mom, GO ONLINE - get all the information available. With some of these options you are dealing with hormones which create a chemical balance in the body. Throwing that balance off can have its consequences beyond heavy periods and sore breasts.
The type of contraception we, as women, commit to is an important one. Thank you for giving us an overview of what's out there.