Get your socks off and a condom on.
Wait!!! We get that socks with nothing else can look a little dorky sometimes—and you know we’re all about getting a condom on. But before you take it all off, we feel it’s important to mention that research shows both men and women are more likely to orgasm when they have socks on than when they don’t.
So for those of you who don’t live in a tropical climate, we suggest something more along the lines of: “I can’t wait to see you wearing nothing but a condom—and socks.” Is it just us or does that sound kind of hot?
Smoking tobacco isn’t a medical condition of its own, but continued smoking does cause all kinds of medical conditions like emphysema, lung cancer, and throat cancer. It can also have an impact on which types of birth control are safe to use. Women under 35 who smoke and have no other medical conditions can usually use the pill with reasonable safety, but should definitely talk to their doctor about alternative methods. Women over 35 who smoke more than 15 cigarettes a day should steer clear of the pill, ring, or patch.
If your partner is controlling your birth control, it is a sign of a larger relationship problem. All women should be able to protect their bodies from an unwanted pregnancy without threats or sabotage. You deserve to be with someone who respects you and your plans for the future—including when or whether you want to have a baby.
So. Much. Swoon. We’ve loved the Contraceptive CHOICE Project for a long time, but this video of women who participated talking about what the project meant for them made us fall for them all over again.
The Contraceptive CHOICE Project was an initiative of the Washington University School of Medicine to remove the most common barriers to good contraceptive use for women in the St. Louis region. Researchers partnered with community healthcare providers to first educate women about all the contraceptive options available to them, then provide those women with whatever method they thought would be best for them, completely free of charge. In other words, the project took factors like lack of information, lack of access, and lack of money out of the “what should I do about birth control?” equation.
The result? 75% of the women who participated chose long-acting, super-effective methods like the IUD or the implant. And judging from the researchers’ results and the testimonies of the women themselves in this video, seems like their choices have already paid off.
Here’s to local and national efforts to make it easier and more affordable for women to choose—and use—the best birth control method for them!
Sometimes old ideas die hard. One good example is the old idea that you have to start taking the pill on a Sunday, or start it five days after your period begins. Research has shown that this is just plain wrong.