As college students, we don’t necessarily want to have to worry about a child on top of our schoolwork and extracurricular activities. Birth Control is one of the most effective ways to prevent unintended pregnancy. Do you know what kind of options your have to protect yourself from having a bun in the oven?
- Internal and External Condoms – Condoms are a great way to prevent pregnancy AND contracting an STI! You can obtain internal and external condoms from Wellness Promotion or the Women’s Center — free of cost!
- Birth Control Pill- The birth control pill is another effective way of preventing pregnancy. Each pill should be taken daily at the same time to increase its effectiveness. These pills contain hormones that thicken the cervical mucus, to keep the eggs from leaving the ovaries to ultimately prevent pregnancy.
- Birth Control Implant– Implanon is a small rod that is inserted into your arm that releases hormones to prevent pregnancy for up to 3 years.
- IUD- An IUD is a small, T-shaped device that is inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. It can last up to 12 years!
- Diaphragm- A diaphragm is a shallow silicone cup that is inserted into the vagina to prevent pregnancy. You must use this method with spermicidal cream, jelly or gel. It covers the cervix and blocks the opening to the uterus to prevent pregnancy. You must wash the diaphragm after every use and it can last up to 2 years.
- Birth Control Patch- A small patch that sticks to your skin and releases hormones to prevent pregnancy! You put a new patch on once a week for 3 weeks, and then keep off on the fourth week.
- Morning After Pill- This pill is considered an emergency contraceptive. Take within 3 days of unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. The earlier you take the pill, the more effective it is!
There you have it! Some of the many ways you can protect yourself from pregnancy. Always keep in mind—Safer Sex is Better Sex!
Written by Claudia Miriello, Peer Educator