The forum specifies ď21 or OlderĒ, however, we all know that there are 14-20 year olds in here all the time, so we might as well do something geared for them. There have been, and continue to be a number of posts by individuals in this forum regarding first time sexual experiences, random sexual encounters, or pregnancy fears. So letís address these topics.
Sex is a fantastic thing. You can be angry as hell one minute, get laid, and not even remember what you were so pissed off about the next minute. Unfortunately Sex also comes with risk factors, so letís address these topics.
1.Pregnancy - Nothing scares a teenage boy more than thinking your girlfriendís pregnant. Many an ulcer has begun because your girlfriend is ďlateĒ. If you wish to avoid this very unpleasant experience, there are a few things you need to do;
a. Always carry a condom. If you think there is even a remote chance of getting some, itís best to be prepared. Never ďplay aroundĒ and put insert penis name here inside her without protection.
b. Ask if she is ďusing anythingĒ (contraceptive). Most RESPONSIBLE guys will take the time to ask this very simple question. If you donít know the girl too well, or donít trust her, refer to letter a. above.
Condoms are the easiest form of birth control, and one of the most reliable if used properly. You can take a condom anywhere, they are relatively easy to transport, and you donít have to worry about the girl being ďon somethingĒ
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If condoms are too restrictive or de-sensitizing, you can always try several other options
ABSTINENCE: It is almost 100 percent effective in preventing pregnancy. This means no sexual intercourse. There is still a chance that a female can become pregnant if two people get too close and sperm finds its way through the fallopian tubes and to the egg. Be careful and at all times keep some clothes on.
THE PILL: It is up to 99 percent effective when taken at the same time each day. There are different types of pills. Ortho Tri-Cyclen is popular among college students because not only does it keep the babies away, but it clears up acne blemishes.
IMPLANTS: Implants are up to 99 percent effective, but there are larger risks involved with having an implant of something such as Norplant. The implant can work up to five years, costing between $500 and $900 with a $100 to $300 removal fee. Six implants are placed in the upper arm, just under the skin.
CERVICAL BARRIERS: A diaphragm is just one of the many types of rubber barriers used during intercourse to stop the flow of sperm to the cervix. The sponge and cervical cap can also be used for the same type of protection. Diaphragms can hamper nights out on the town because they reduce spontanaiety.
INJECTIONS: DEPO-PROVERA, the most common injection administered, is 99 percent effective. A shot is injected every three months by a health care professional. It costs approximately $30 to $65 per shot. For females who smoke cigarettes, this is a better option than the pill, which is not recommended for smokers.
GELS/CREAMS: A very wide array of vaginal spermicidal creams and gels are available. They all have the same active ingredient, however they can be extremely messy.
Well you just had to have it. You didnít have any condoms, and she wasnít on anything, but you did it anyway. There is always the ďMorning After PillĒ. This is the ďworst of allĒ methods. The morning-after pill is just a strong dose of birth control pill. The morning-after pill is a high-dose combination of the female hormones estrogen and progestin, and should only be used in an emergency situation for a woman who has had unprotected intercourse or in the case where the chosen contraception has failed. These high dosages may change the menstrual cycle and cause extremely uncomfortable side effects