You know the tune, you’re probably singing it right now…. So let’s talk about it! Not about the video, the lyrics, or implications of it — other people have done a great job analyzing that- but let’s talk about the content matter.Sex.
What’s one potential by-product of vaginal sex? Pregnancy!
If you’re trying to be pregnant- awesome, congrats! Don’t forget to take your prenatal vitamins! But if you’re not trying to get pregnant, and are having vaginal sex, then you definitely need to start talking about contraception. And today is the perfect time to talk about it because it’s World Contraception Day!
World Contraception Day is an international campaign to improve awareness of contraception so that young people can make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health and ensure every pregnancy is wanted. The great news is this campaign is totally doable. Turns out there’s a lot more options than just the condom or the pill, and the Sexperts (Sexual Wellness Specialists) at UNC Student Wellness are here to offer resources to ensure you know all you ever wanted to know about contraception so you can make that informed decision.
During appointments, many students will say, “Just tell me, what’s the best method of contraception?” Unfortunately there is no magic contraception wand. It all depends on your preferences—what would work for your lifestyle, your likes and dislikes, your health, and your partnerships. Depending on your preferences, the world is your oyster when it comes to contraception, but to make things easier, here’s a quick decision tree diagram to help you sort through it. (click on the image to enlarge!)
After you’ve thought about it, and picked out your preferred method, go see your women’s health provider! S/he can talk with you about your specific medical history, and help you get started with the method of your choice.