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Contraception

Contraception; trying to stop sperm reaching an egg. Since contraception has been used, women have been allowed more freedom and control over their body and life. We’ve been earning more, received an increase in higher education degrees, and can be seen as more than a mobile home for a fetus, If we want. That’s what it’s all about. Giving us more control over our life.  

No Right or wrong educate yourself

Just like finding the perfect pair of jeans that make your legs look like fire and your bum look AHH-MAZING, finding the perfect contraception for you depends on what you want (short term & long-term goals), your lifestyle, hormone & medical history as well as in part, genetics. 

We’re not here to tell you what form of contraception you should or shouldn’t be on, nor should any doctor or health professional. We’re all here just to simply help guide you to have a more informed decision when it comes to your health, and that definitely includes the synthetic hormones you do or don’t chose to take. 

Unlike the absolute smash hit ‘The Sister of the Travelling Pants’ you and your besties might not fit into the same pair of jeans (contraceptive choice). What works for Blake Lively (You), might not work for America Ferrara (Your Bestie), and that’s ok. Plus I’m sure if there was a new sequel (over time), the jeans would be different again. You catching our drift? 

Where to Start...

There are many options to fit whatever your current lifestyle choice and wants when it comes to your reproductive health AND most importantly your overall health as a woman. Remember hormones affect EVERYTHING in your body! From your moods, appetite, choices in sexual partner, energy levels, sleep, skin, the whole sha-bang!  

It’s important to know how each form affects your body and how you can still get your desired outcome. That’s science Biatch.

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Hormonal Types

Remember this form has one thing in common, the mechanism; Give us synthetic hormones to trick our body into thinking it’s already pregnant. Yes we are modern women now! Power to the Coochie. 

The Pill

Just as the name suggests, these hormones come in the form of a little coloured pill (the colour depends on the brand- Note It’s not a ‘Matrix’ pick the red or the blue pill situation). Although because different pills contain different hormones, there are different repercussions of each pill, and these can change depending on your genetic makeup. This explains why two of your friends can start taking the same pill and one can be ‘feelin herself’ type of vibe and the other can be having you ask ‘Is she a legit demon?’

 

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Implant in your 'Coochie' (IUD) ie. 'Mirena'

So these guys actually get inserted up into your uterus (hence IUD) and live there for up to 5 years. These are generally 

Arm Implant

Also commonly known as the Implanon or Nexplanon, these brand names 

Hormone Injection eg. Depovera

Also commonly known as the Implanon or Nexplanon, these brand names 

The other side of Hormonal Contraceptives

  • Researchers in Denmark have found powerful evidence demonstrating the link between hormonal contraceptives and depression. 
  •  Women on hormonal contraceptives were 50% more likely to be diagnosed with depression 6 months later, then women who were not prescribed hormonal contraception at the time.
  • 40% of women who were on hormonal contraceptives were 40% more likely to be prescribed antidepressants. 
  • Women between the ages of 15-19 are the hardest hit by contraceptive use risks

Stats

Note: These stats compare women of the same age who use a type of hormonal contraception as compared to women of the same age, who are naturally cycling, and their increased risk of developing depression. (Sourced from Dr. Sara E. Hill- ‘How the pill changes everything’)

  • IUD (hormonal ‘levonorgestral) 40% incr in all women, 220% incr in women aged 15-19.
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  • Women between the ages of 15-19 are the hardest hit by contraceptive use risks

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With the pill women bleed but don’t cycle 

With the hormonal IUD Women Cycle but don’t bleed

Dr. Lara Briden (Author of Period Repair Manual)

Non-Hormonal Types

Just as their are methods 

The Trusty Condom

These bad boys have the double whammy of protecting you against those pesky diseases that can put a real dampener on your sex life and also help prevent pregnancy. They are also probably the only thing you remember from ‘Sex Ed’ at school, that plastic banana is burnt into my 13 year old brain. If  you’re not wanting to be on any hormonal or permanent contraception these are great. Also if you’re having fun with multiple sexual partners -no shame here, if you want it (and it’s consensual) go get it girl, be safe though, condoms protect you against more than unwanted pregnancies. 

Copper IUD

‘So wait… You’re going to stick that thing… up there?!’. IUD stands for Intra Uterine Device. Think of it like a UFO, it’s a foreign thingy-ma-bob that is whacked up in your Coochie. This is kind of like the Mirena but instead of working by releasing hormones, it works by making it difficult for the sperm to reach the egg, and for the ovum to like where it’s living. Imagine a door thats slightly a-jar into a haunted house… No one wants to really live there, and neither do your partners little swimmers. 

Timing

No this isn’t set the oven timer type of deal. It’s all about your partner knowing when to, for lack of a better phrase… ‘Pull out’. This method isn’t as effective as the above methods, however when paired with timing of your cycles, this can improve your contraception. As far as your timing goes it’s important to be in tune with what’s going on with your cycle. Basically you want to be really safe, around the 2-3 days before and after ovulation. *keep in mind each woman can ovulate at different times, so if you’re cycles are notoriously irregular or have recently changed, this is a much more difficult option to navigate safely and effectively.

Not sure you're on the right contraceptive? Ask yourself these questions...

Note: ‘The Pill’ refers to any form of contraceptive you’re on.

Q1. Do I feel like myself on the pill?

Q2. Have my behaviours changed since going on the pill?

Q3. Has my mood changed since going on the pill?

Q4. Have my relationships (both sexual & nonsexual) changed since going on the pill?

Q5. Has my performance at school or work changed since going on the pill? 

Q6. Have my interests changed since going on the pill? (Or do you want to focus on your fertility?)

Q7. Have my motivations changed since going on the pill? Am I more or less motivated to do things that I used to like to do before going on it?

Finally… How do I feel about these answers? 

 

Questions sourced from Dr. Sarah E. Hill (How the Pill Changed Everything).

Of course it’s not just for sexy time, it’s also used for things like acne, debilitating pain, irregularity and conditions like endometriosis. 

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