Are You in (Birth) Control?

Maybe it’s sexy time– or it’s going to be sexy time, at one point, we’ve all been there. Wondering if our birth control is the right one for us. Or wondering if/when you should start using a form of birth control. Birth control varies in all different shapes and sizes *cue Barney song*, so it can get overwhelming.

To reiterate, there are very many types of birth control, so choosing the best one for your needs (and your insurance plan, if you have one) is key.



I am so sorry.. The P.E. teacher who took Family Life too far in high school had this ingrained in my head. So not to say it would leave me haunted. Now, it’s definitely not for everyone, but if it works for you, more power to you, sister!



We’re going back to Family Life, (or whatever sex ed. is called in places that aren’t the South). Remember that P.E. teacher who struggled to put a weird, surprisingly stretchy, lubricated thing of what is basically plastic wrap.. on a banana?

That’s a condom, my friend, and here’s why you should wear one (or have your male sexy friend wear one):

  • 85% effective
  • Helps prevent the spread of STDs
  • Helps prevent pregnancy
  • Ever in a bind and about to have some lady sex? Cut a condom in half and make a dental dam!
  • Only form of BC that protects against STDs AND pregnancy. (Always a good idea to double up on birth controls. Ex. condom and birth control pills).


pill“The Pill”

You’ve heard it before. “Oh my god, I forgot to take my pill. Am I going to get pregnant?” While this is one of the harder to remember options, it’s still one of the most effective. Most birth control pills you take daily. Make sure you take it at the same time each day for that 91% effectiveness.

However, it doesn’t protect against STDs so make sure to double up with a condom! (That goes for the other forms of birth controls I’ll mention).

  • 91% effective
  • Stops ovulation
  • Thickens the mucus on your cervix


patchBirth Control Patch

This one is again for you to remember, ladies. The patch is wearable on your arm, belly, booty, or back. Hormones seeps into your skin and get into those ovaries, stopping your ovulation. Make sure to wrap it up though (whether it’s a condom or a dental dam!) because it doesn’t prevent STDs.

  • 91% effective
  • Stops ovulation
  • Thickens that cervical mucus
  • Get changed weekly, mark your calendars!


dental dam.jpgDental Dams

Sex education in high school sucks in general, but most of all, it’s downright terrible at educating about gay sex. I didn’t (and you might not either) even know what dental dams were until later on in life (or this article for some of you). Basically, a dental dam is a condom but instead of going on the penis, it’s a sheet that goes over the vagina area. Perfect for oral sex (gotta prevent those STDs) while obviously, preventing pregnancy. Also great for shielding the anus as well.

  • Great for any type of oral sex
  • Same effectiveness rate as condoms!



Birth Control Implant

Ever had your best friend show you something that looks like a cotton swab in their arm? That’s what an implant is and that’s how I found out what an implant was (thanks Katie). So if you don’t like remembering your pill or patch for birth control, and want something you don’t have to think about (like me), this is the option for you.

  • 99% effective
  • Never have to think about it
  • Releases progestin to prevent pregnancy
  • Lasts up to 4 years



IUDs (Internal Uterine Devices)

Those snazzy things that are inserted into your vajayjay to keep those swimmers from swimming into your eggs. Also prevents those bad boy ovaries from releasing eggs with hormones.

  • 99% effective
  • Long-term
  • Reversible



Birth Control Vaginal Ring

Think about the ring of a freshly opened condom. Now think about that but clear white bendy plastic (?) and it going into your vagina. That’s basically what a birth control vaginal ring is. This again stops the sperm from entering your egg(s).

  • 91% effective
  • Change it once a month
  • Not as short-term as pills or patches but not as long-term as IUDs or Implants


These aren’t all of the options available and I encourage you to explore on your own! I’m not a medical professional and I can never decide what’s best for your body. It’s always best to discuss your options with your doctor first, and then weigh them.

All information came from Planned Parenthood.

Now go out there and have sex; safe, consensual sex (if you want to).