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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Protect Yourself for HIV

HIV is a small and fragile virus that does not survive outside the body. This is commonly transmitted through bodily fluids such as semen, blood or vaginal secretions. It can enter the body through sexual intercourse.

For individuals who are sexually active or couples who are not yet ready to have children, the best form of protection is through latex condoms. For those who are shy to buy it personally on stores, it is now possible to buy condoms online, for more privacy. Condoms are a great protection since the virus cannot penetrate its latex barrier. Using condoms then is highly recommended for people who have high regards with their health.

Many health centers and school facilities even have programs that educate youth and couples alike on how to use a condom properly. Aside from that, they are even informed of various birth control methods that they may wish to use, depending on their preference.

In order to look for the best condom, one must look for the durability of the material as well as its ability to live up to its promise of sensation. Nowadays, there are many condom brands that have various flavored condoms, and there are even those that offer various types such as dotted, tornado, whirlwind, etc. The advancement of science and marketing has made it possible to come up with such variation of condoms. There are cheap condoms and some super expensive ones, but the only people that can determine which is the best condom for you and your partner is just the two of you.

If you have unprotected intercourse, it is best to get tested for possibility of HIV. Some don’t get to realize it until it is far too late. People between ages 15-65 who are sexually active are therefore highly encouraged to visit testing centers to avoid the further spread of the disease. If you or your partner has tested positive, it is best to use a condom for every intercourse to prevent the partner from being affected.

Contraceptive Diaphragm

Firstly, once you get the knack of getting it in and out, its insertion and removal really do not become an issue. The dome shaped soft substance usually made of latex with a spring inside the rim works when inserted inside the vagina and acts as a barrier between the cervix and an impending penis. And yes, while spontaneous sex can sometimes become less than impulsive when you have to excuse yourself to put it in, it really doesn’t take that much more time or effort than putting a condom on.

The real benefits though of using the contraceptive diaphragm is that you don’t need to worry about taking a daily pill, and its job won’t become null and void if you have to take an unexpected dose of antibiotics.
Unlike condoms, the chances of it breaking are next to none, and when inserted you can’t feel a thing except for the most wonderful sensation of skin to skin contact when your man’s penis is not covered in a condom.

A huge and often forgotten benefit is that the contraceptive diaphragm can become your best friend when you have your period. Inserted snugly up inside your cervix, not only will it block any sperm, it will also nicely catch the flow of your period, avoiding messy period sex. Think of the advantages of this when you have just met someone new and you don’t yet feel like discussing your monthly friend.

In addition to this, if you are unfortunate to get an allergic reaction to condoms and your body does not take well to other forms of birth control, the diaphragm contraceptive might be the best solution for you.

If you want to consider using the contraceptive diaphragm make an appointment to see your doctor or gynecologist. They will measure you and fit the right sized diaphragm to your body. They can also give you the best advice and tips on how to insert and remove it properly as well as how clean and store it.

There are only two kinds of diaphragms:

A Flat Ring Diaphragm: This type of vaginal diaphragm can be folded like an oval and then easily inserted. An applicator is also provided with it, which makes insertion a little more easier.

An Arcing or Coil Spring Diaphragm: This type of diaphragm is a little hard to fold and forms an irregular circle when folded. However this diaphragm can be inserted with the fingers

Your doctor will discuss the best type of diaphragm for your body and fit it accordingly to your personal size. They will also explain how the contraceptive diaphragm must be used in conjunction with a spermicidal cream to prevent any sperm from penetrating past the diaphragm.

Contraceptive IUD

The contraceptive IUD is perfect for busy women who don’t want the concern of taking a daily pill or the fuss of other more cumbersome female contraceptives. Best suited to women in stable relationships who are at minimal risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection, when the IUD works, it really is a peace of mind contraception.

The main advantages of the contraceptive IUD are that firstly it is very long lasting, the with hormonal IUD lasting up to five years and the copper IUD a staggering 10 years. Both IUD’s are also relatively inexpensive.

The disadvantages vary depending on the type of IUD. For example the copper IUD can result in heavier more painful periods, where the hormonal IUD usually results in lighter periods or no bleeding at all. Both can cause abdominal pain and cramping and have a risk of developing pelvic inflammatory disease.

Although the contraceptive IUD does have some disadvantages and like all other forms of female contraception, possible side effects, one of the biggest adjustments when using the IUD is not necessarily physical but rather mental.

It can take quite a bit of getting used to not having to worry about falling pregnant or fretting about whether or not it’s really working. Once of the contraceptive IUD’s main advantages is that it cannot be felt by either the woman or her partner during intercourse, which at first can cause a little uncertainty when it is first being used. It can also take a while for some women to come to terms with having a permanent plastic or copper device sitting inside their uterus.

To offer piece of mind, most coils have a piece of string or fine nylon threads attached to the lower end that curtail through the cervix and into the upper vagina. Their purpose is to make for easy insertion and removal of the IUD (both of which can only by performed by a doctor) but they are also there so the woman can reach inside and ensure that the contraceptive IUD is still in place, sitting where it is supposed to be.

Doing this can also take a bit of getting used to and it can be rather unnerving if you can’t locate the threads. In some instances, the threads can be pushed partially or completely out of the uterus. Or in rare cases, the device can slip through the wall of uterus and in to the pelvic area. This is called uterine perforation and in this event the IUD can only be removed during surgery.

However, for the majority of women who choose to use the IUD contraceptive, once their body has adjusted to the device enjoy the benefits that it provides. The main benefit being that once inside it is left to do the job it is meant to do.

Must know about Birth Control

Barrier methods of birth control

The diaphragm, the cervical cap, the contraceptive sponge and condoms are common barriers that prevent pregnancy. They block the sperm from entering the uterus, and they are used every time you have sex. The cervical cap or diaphragm needs to be custom-made according to doctor’s specifications. Barriers like the sponge, the diaphragm and the cap may cause allergic reactions or increase the risk of urinary tract infections in some women.


From all pregnancy control methods, condoms are the only ones that can protect you against both pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. They can be used in parallel with another pregnancy control method, such as spermicides to reduce the risk of pregnancy.

Hormonal methods

Hormonal birth control involves the use of oral contraceptives, patches, hormonal shots, vaginal rings and a certain type of intrauterine device. They all release hormones into the blood stream, usually a combination of estrogen and progestin (or progestin alone).

Each birth control method has its ups and downs, and in order to use them correctly, and make a good treatment choice, you have to know the good and bad. Take condoms for instance, they can sometimes break or slip. Such incidents may or may not be prevented. Then, hormonal birth control methods are unsuitable for women who have certain health problems. They are not recommended to smokers or women over 35.

The intrauterine device can cause excessive bleeding during the period. It may also get detached and eliminated from the uterus during menstruation, without the woman noticing it. Such issues need to be brought to the woman’s attention so that she knows how to properly use birth control and reduce the risk of unwanted pregnancy.