Tuffy Luv Dispenses Condoms
Dear Tuffy Luv,
I’m a senior in college and have been in a serious relationship for the past 5 years. He’s my high school sweetheart. I know, we’re so cute! We just got engaged and are getting married when I graduate (he’s two years older and is already working).
Now that we’re engaged, I want to go on birth control, but I’m not sure what to try. What do you recommend?
First of all, congratulations!!! You’re right, that’s super cute. Go, girl!!! Secondly, a disclaimer: Tuffy ain’t no doctor, mmmkay?! So go to your OB/GYN to get REAL advice! But in the meantime, here’s what I got:
I’m going mostly by Planned Parenthood, so you can check out the link here:
(BTW!!! If you don’t have insurance and need to see an OB/GYN, Planned Parenthood is a great resource!!! Clicky click that link!) Basically, if you’re going to have sex and you don’t want a baby, you have to use protection. If you’re also worried about STDs (which MOST of you should be!!!), you need to use a condom and that’s pretty much that. You could kind of use a female condom, but those seem to be slightly less effective and have a few downsides (may be uncomfy, can slip inside you during sex, etc.). CONDOMS, people. CONDOMS!!! There are also a bunch of options you can use WITH condoms to prevent pregnancy.
Some women like the diaphragm. It’s fairly effective but it doesn’t protect, of course, from STDs. It’s like a little cup you insert in your hooha. It’s nice and inexpensive and each one lasts for about two years.
Then, of course, there’s the ever-popular birth control pill. Be careful when you go on these, since they do pump you full of hormones and some people have serious side effects. (Read up here.) Really wonderful for some women, really harmful for others. Remember, the pill does NOT protect against STDs!!!
Similarly, there’s the sponge. It soaks up the spermies and kills ‘em. Check but not as effective as we’d like.
Then there’s the patch, which is quite effective (for pregnancy, NOT STDs!). You have to wear it. Like an accessory. Same hormonal risks, but, again, great for some.
The shot: Depo-Provera. Very easy, lasts three months a shot. A little more expensive because it’s more convenient.
NuvaRing: an insertion thingy. VERY effective but pricey and a little risky. Read up, kids.
Aaaand the birth control implant. Very expensive up front but lasts three years. Mostly pretty safe, from what I understand.
I mean, basically, you just have to do your research and talk to your doctor. I applaud you for being responsible!!!!!!!! Please, kids, protect your bodies and your futures!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hearts & Skulls,
Question?! Answer: Ask Tuffy Luv. Or smash.