MASTERING MONDAY: BIRTH CONTROL
For all health and history “nerds”, this article is about the extensive history of birth control, in memory of Carl Djerassi, who created “the pill”. Some of the old ways mentioned in the article is comical. For example, in ancient Greece a gynecologist, Soranus, told women to hold their breath in during intercourse and to sneeze when finished to prevent pregnancy. Obviously that does not work, so do not try that at home. Aside from that, the article mentions how medicine and techniques used way back when has helped in the development of all types of contraceptives, including birth control. In addition, it includes some of the controversies within society once birth control was created. This reading is really interesting because it takes you back into history, which seems so similar to today.
Watch This: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SDQwDEbQVk
The link above will lead you to a YouTube video that tackles myths associated to birth control. Questions on birth control were asked to professionals, who clarified them up. This video will be helpful if you would like to know a little bit more about the use or misuse of birth control. I recommend this video because it is educational yet fun. So, thank you BuzzFeed.
Do This: How Not To Get Pregnant
- Wear a condom when having sexual intercourse. A condom is one of the most popular and successful contraceptives. The Lifestyles Center, which is located in the back right of Mary Walker, sells condoms, ten for one dollar on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and then, fifteen for one dollar on Wednesdays, which is considered humpday. (Female condoms are free!)
- Take your birth control daily. It is recommended to use a condom and take the pill together. But, if you forget to take the pill one day or more, there is a higher risk of pregnancy. So, please be aware.
- Take your birth control on a regular time schedule. If you take your pill on irregular times throughout the week, it will be less effective. Thus, it is vital for you to have a set time each day.
- Do not have unprotected sex during your period. People think that when women are on their period they cannot get pregnant. That is false. Sperm can live in a woman’s body for up to five days, which can cause a woman’s pregnancy right after her period.
- The “pull out” method is not reliable. ← This says it all. Sperm may enter the body without one knowing it, so be careful. The Mary Walker Health Center does administrate reproductive health care by appointment. If you would like to know more, please call them at (315) 312-4100.
- Abstinence is the way to go. You can trust abstinence as the best contraceptive ever. There is a one hundred percent chance that you will not get pregnant practicing this method. I will challenge you to try this in your lifetime.
Researched and Written by: Angelica Perez, Peer Educator