6 Different Contraceptives and What You Need To Know About Them

Despite the constant reminder that pre-marital sex is a no-no, it happens these days. But how much do we know about contraceptives?

Unfortunately for us here in Malaysia, we are not educated on the ways that we can protect ourselves sexually -- from STDs or pregnancies. There is a whole lot of contraceptives out there that are designed to protect not only our health but our partner's as well.

So before you decide to get all hot and heavy, here some different contraceptives and what you need to know about them:

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The Female Condom

Much like the male condom, female condoms are also very easily obtained. According to Planned Parenthood, if you use them perfectly every single time you have sex, female condom effectiveness is 95%. But people aren’t perfect, so in real life they’re about 79% effective — that means about 21 out of 100 people who use female condoms as their main method of birth control will get pregnant each year. Female condoms don’t just prevent you from falling pregnant but it also reduces the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

One thing you should definitely NOT do is use a regular condom together with a female condom.

How to use it?

  1. Check the expiration date before using it.
  2. Raise one leg up onto the chair, squat or lie down.
  3. Tear the condom packet and add lube if necessary.
  4. Squeeze together the sides of the inner ring at the closed end of the condom and slide it into your vagina like a tampon.
  5. Push the inner ring into your vagina as far as it can go, up to your cervix. Make sure it’s not twisted.
  6. Let the outer ring hang about an inch outside your vagina and you’re good to go.
  7. Once done, grab the outer ring and twist it to hold the semen in. Gently pull it out and dispose of it into the bin.

Don’t be alarmed if it moves around while you are in the midst of intercourse. You’re okay as long as the male organ (penis) is still completely covered by the female condom. However, if it does move to the point that it is not covered or the outer ring slips in, stop and adjust it back to position. According to American Sexual Health Association, the female condom is made of nitrile, not latex. So it is a better alternative if either one of you is allergic to latex.

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