Sex, Drugs, Rustle & Roll: Compare each contraception

Sex, Drugs, Rustle & Roll!

The most important aspects of each contraceptive - all laid out

Parker Posey scene from Party Girl quote - birth control options
Warning: Contains explicit content ♦ & is not to be used as medical advice ♥ Disclaimer here

All of these methods are 98-99% effective when used perfectly; unless specified. The most important thing to remember is that there is no such thing as a perfect contraceptive and each one requires you to make a sacrifice; whether that be on your health, your time or some sort of effort in the sexual scenario.

The Drug Den: hormonal or chemical methods ♦ Tricky, Sticky & Dicky: barrier methods ♦ The Misunderstood One: fertility tracking

Read SEX, DRUGS, RUSTLE & ROLL! to find out more about each of the above categories. Otherwise, pick your poison:

💚 Best protection against STIs
💚 No side effects
😬 Easy to accidentally (on purpose) 'forget'
😬 Condoms vary; sometimes they're great, sometimes they're f*cking annoying
 🧠 MAY AFFECT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH & cause other side effects
💚 Loads of data has been collected on their safe long term use
💚 No procedure: easy to start or stop taking
💚 Teaches you about the overall health of your body
💚 99% effective if done properly
😬 Often confused with the rhythm method (see below)
😬 Takes time to learn and requires ongoing effort
 🧠 May affect the mental health of some people due to copper toxicity (as well as other side effects)
💚 No effort for 5-10 years once it's in - can also be used as emergency contraception
😬 Has to be inserted through your cervix and may not fit all women
💚 Skin to skin contact and no side effects
💚 Doesn't interrupt sex as it can be put in hours beforehand
💚 😬 Up to 98% effective but only if actually used and used correctly
 🧠 MAY AFFECT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH & cause other side effects
💚 No procedure: easy to start or stop taking
😬 You have to remember to take it at the right time each day, so in practise it is less effective than the 'Combined' Pill
 🧠 MAY AFFECT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH & cause other side effects
💚 No effort required for 5+ years once it's in
😬 Has to be inserted through your cervix and may not fit all women
😬 Little is known about their long term effects as these are fairly new products
🚫 Can only be used in an emergency (equivalent to taking about 50 Mini Pills!)
 🧠 May affect your mental health
💚 😬 Good as a back up, but may not be effective if you've already ovulated that month
 🧠 MAY AFFECT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH & cause other side effects
💚 Only need to remember to change it once a month
😬 Some concerns over safety; may release it's synthetic hormones inconsistently
💚 Great as a back up and can actually be 96% effective if done perfectly
😬 Usually only about 80% effective as it's easy to get wrong
😬 Some men have sperm in their pre-cum
😬 Can only have sex once in a row (as sperm may remain on the d*ck)
💚 Skin to skin contact and no side effects
💚 Can be put in hours before sex
😬  May not be as effective as diaphragms, especially for women who have had kids
 🧠 MAY AFFECT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH & cause other side effects
💚 No effort for 3+ years once it's in
😬 Some concerns over high rate of adverse reactions
💚 Can be put in hours before sex
💚 Good option for men who don't easily maintain an erection and so can't use male condoms
😬 A lot of people may be taken by surprise by seeing one
😬 Some types make friction noises
 🧠 MAY AFFECT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH & cause other side effects
😬 Once you've been injected its too late to change your mind; you have to wait the 3+ months for it to wear off
😬 Cannot be used long term as it effects bone density
 🚫 Not effective enough to use as a reliable contraception
😬 Good as a healthy option for women who wouldn't be devastated if they got pregnant
🚫 Not effective enough to use as a contraception
💚 Use with diaphragms and caps or any method to increase efficacy
 🧠 MAY AFFECT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH & cause other side effects
😬 Cannot be used if you are going on long haul flights
😬 Highest dose of synthetic oestrogen; serious concerns over dangerous effects
🚫 Not effective enough to use as a contraception - it uses dates from your past cycles to merely estimate when you might next be fertile
🚫 Phone apps often use the rhythm method - be careful not to confuse these with genuine Fertility Tracking methods

More info available on The Combined Pill, Diaphragms and the IUS Coil; guides to the rest cumming soon. And CONSIDER, what is the point of staying drugged up every day if you're only getting laid occasionally? when you and your bf have been on a particularly drunken holiday... or if your monthly Tinder date actually turns out to be okay... or on a rare full moon when you and your housemate are home alone and get a little kooky...

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