Posted on: 20 May 2017
If you are like most men and women, you find it important to be able to plan your family the way you want. You most likely use some sort of birth control to help prevent unwanted pregnancies and protect yourself from diseases. Before you start using birth control there are some things that you should know so that you can make the most educated decision about your body and family planning. Her are some things you may want to know.
When Can You Start Birth Control?
Most people start birth control about the time that they become sexually active. For young women, they may want to start as young as high school, but this is a decision that should be made with their parents and a skilled medical professional. It is not just about deciding if the individual is able to take contraceptives, but also if the person is emotionally ready and mature enough to become sexually active. Many people become sexually active too young and they don't just deal with unwanted pregnancies, but emotional trauma, and sexual transmitted diseases (STDs). This is why parents and medical professionals should first make sure that the individual is educated properly about the magnitude of becoming sexually active and the risks involved.
Will Birth Control Prevent STDs?
There is more to worry about with birth control than just an unwanted pregnancy, although that should be considered as well. STDs can be life-long illnesses that will forever change the individual's quality of life and health. This is why you should be very careful about what kind of birth control you use. Although an oral pill or something like an IUD will be effective in preventing pregnancy, it is not effective in protecting you from STDs. The only real way to keep yourself safe from STDs are to use condoms during intercourse, and even those aren't guaranteed.
Abstinence is key to protecting from STDs. If you can stay sexually inactive till marriage, and only have sexual relations with your spouse, and they for you, you will be more protected from STDs. The risk comes when people are having unprotected sex with multiple individuals. Before you choose to have sexual relations with another person, you should consider the risks of an STD.
Where Can I Get Birth Control?
You can get condoms over the counter, but if you want an oral contraceptive or an IUD, you should talk to your OBGYN or family doctor.Share