So, you need birth control. Maybeeee, it’s “for your skin” or “cramps,” or (let’s be honest) you’re thinking about having sex and want to protect yourself.
When it comes to getting birth control, first you have to figure out what kind is best for you, and then you need to figure out where to find it.
There are over-the-counter options and prescription options. The over-the-counter options include condoms and birth control sponges. These are available at drugstores, supermarkets, gas stations, adult specialty stores, and condoms are frequently available for free at public health departments. You can enter public health and the name of your county into a search engine to find out what services they offer. If you don’t want to buy condoms in person they are also available to buy online and have shipped to you. One of my favorite sites is goodvibes.com. They do a lot of research, educations and product reviews, so you are getting very reliable information regarding lubes and condoms. Prescription options include pills, patches, the ring, the shot, the implant and the IUD. These require an appointment with a doctor or nurse to determine if they are safe for you and which option would suit you the best. If you can’t remember to take a pill every day then the ring or patch might be a better option. Some different hormones can have side effects, so they will talk to you to make sure you don’t have any medical conditions that may be made worse by birth control before prescribing it. This is the same reason why you NEVER want to take your friends pills to try them out. Birth control pills are very safe for the vast majority of women but there are some people with medical conditions or genetic factors that can have problems and it’s important to be sure they are safe for you. Many states have laws that protect your privacy when you are seeking birth control. Planned Parenthood, public health clinics or your pediatrician or gyno can help you out. The morning after pill is over the counter at pharmacies in many states, in case of an accident. Making your own birth control barriers is also a bad idea. There are a lot of funny stories floating around regarding homemade condoms. Plastic wrap, plastic baggies, chip bags, balloons, shower caps, tin foil, wax paper. The list goes on. What do they have in common? They are all a very bad idea. Many of these materials are porous meaning sperm can still get through.. They are irritating and can cause cuts to the vagina (and in the case of chip bags or tin foil, probably to his penis too). Irritation in the vagina will increase the chance of getting an STD. Condoms are specially designed for sex, to not cause irritation, to be made of specialized materials that will not allow semen to pass through, and to stay in place. If you don’t have any on hand, run to the closest corner store, it’s worth it.
It can be tempting and convenient to take your friends’ advice (or take their birth control pills – we’ve heard it all), but neither of these strategies will get you off to a strong start on birth control. If you want the whole story story on birth control and info that can help you Start by talking to a doctor or other healthcare professional to see which method Once you decide what type of birth control you want to use, there are several ways to get it.