College Week, Day 2: Why Bedsider Matters on College Campuses
It’s College Week at Bedsider, a chance to highlight the efforts of our amazing campus ambassadors. Today’s “College Week spotlight” is on the always-spunky, super-enthusiastic, basically unstoppable University of Maryland (UMD) ambassadors. This post is by Bedsider UMD ambassador Erin Laird.
Women in universities across the country enter college with a wide variety of plans and dreams for their future. But what happens to those dreams if one steamy night results in not-so-steamy news a few weeks later?
“I would probably have to drop out of school. It would ruin my future plans,” says Apryl Hardee, junior chemistry major at the University of Maryland, in response to being asked how an unplanned pregnancy would change her life. Many college-aged women share this sentiment, myself included. An unplanned pregnancy can dramatically change the course of a women’s life. It can make finishing school very difficult and, by extension, make getting the job you want nearly impossible.
So what’s a girl to do? It’s simple, really. With so many different methods on the market, there is bound to be one that’s right for you. Don’t like hormones? You got it. Want something discrete? No problem. Looking for something that doesn’t interrupt the moment? Done and done. Thanks to Bedsider, you can easily access all the information you need to make smart, sexy decisions in just a few clicks!
And if your school has a Bedsider ambassador program, stop on by one of the events on your campus and talk to your friendly neighborhood Bedsider ambassador! Here at UMD there are four fabulous birth control warriors who are fully armed with birth control know-how and an arsenal of seriously sexy swag. So feel free to stop us anytime (seriously, we love it) to ask questions or just chat about safer sex. Don’t know my name? Just call me “that birth control girl,” and I’ll respond. We get it all the time.
So think about it ladies. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” Maybe Dr. Seuss wasn’t thinking about birth control, but here at Bedsider, we’ve got one-track minds. We want to help you go wherever it is you’ve decided to go in life.
Think it won’t happen to you? If you’re having sex and not using birth control, you’re basically trying to get pregnant. (And the odds are good you WILL get pregnant, so stick with your method.)
It doesn’t matter what position you’re in—reverse cowgirl, missionary, standing, whatever. Sperm + egg + sticking to the uterus = pregnancy.
Method Monday: New Moms (Celebrity and Not) Edition
Congrats to Jessica Simpson on her pregnancy! The pregnancy wasn’t planned, but we’re happy to hear via US Weekly that Simpson is overjoyed nonetheless.
As Korin Miller rightly noted in her coverage of the news for Cosmo, this definitely isn’t the first time a celebrity—or a non-celebrity, for that matter—has unintentionally gotten pregnant again super-soon after having a baby. What we would’ve liked to see in the Cosmo article is a complete rundown of which birth control options are safe for new moms besides “perfect use” of breastfeeding and the two alternatives mentioned, the mini-pill and condoms. Breastfeeding moms can also safely use the IUD, the implant, and the shot.
Obvious challenges of simultaneously parenting a newborn and a toddler aside, having another pregnancy within 12 months of giving birth can mean health risks for mom and baby. And given the benefits of leaving a bit more time between babies (a.k.a. birth spacing), we’d say the fact that some of the most effective birth control methods are safe for new moms is seriously gossip-worthy. Help us spread the word?
Get educated on sperm!
*not all men have penis/can produce sperm
That’s right, folks—sperm move faster than a jaguar and can live in the female reproductive tract for up to 5 days… This is why we keep going on and on about birth control.