What Is Safe Sex
As we enter the 21st century there are,
unfortunately, various risks connected with having sex. The
chief ones are:
diseases such as gonorrhea and syphilis
sexually transmitted infections such as herpes, urethritis,
pubic lice, scabies and viral warts
- the virus which causes AIDS
of the cervix
in the 1970s, many people both straight and gay, enjoyed sex
with a variety of partners assuming that there was very little
danger. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case. It is only
sensible to practice safe sex.
sexual activity with a partner carries some risk, though the
danger of infections is practically non-existent if the two
partners are completely faithful to each other.
sex means making sure you do not get anyone else's blood, semen,
vaginal fluids, or breast milk in your body and protecting your
partners too. So you have got to use particular contraceptive
products that adjust with your body correctly every time you
have sex to protect yourself and your partner from STDs and HIV.
Contraception is the practice or methods used
in deliberately by either man or woman to prevent various risks
(above mentioned) connected with having sex .
Not too long ago, contraceptive products could
not be displayed or sold in certain states, abortion were
illegal and birth control methods were not very reliable.
Although times have been changed remarkably, people are now
faced a vast number of birth control products or methods, each
with it's own advantages and disadvantages. In trying to make a
personal choice people have a number questions. Why use
contraception? How does each method work? How well does it work?
What are the medical risks? How might each method affect my
sexuality? What possibilities do I have if I’m already
Here we will examine the currently available
methods of birth control in an effort to answer some of these
Why Use Contraception?
An individual’s or couple’s decisions
about birth control can depends on many factors, including age,
future plans, marital relationship status ( including trust and
cooperation), finances, religious beliefs, sexual attitudes
health and prior experiences. Not using birth control if you are
sexually active is a specific kind of personal decision, just as
choosing to use birth control, whatever the reason, is a
The main reason for using birth control is to
prevent an unwanted pregnancy likely to cause emotional turmoil
and health risks, it also may present financial burdens. Often,
unwanted pregnancies occur in young teenagers or women over
thirty five, times when health risks during pregnancy are
highest. The social and economic costs may also be high at these
same ages, as these two quotations show:
A twenty-two –year old woman:
I got pregnant when I was fifteen and had my baby the day before
sixteenth birthday. My parents wanted me to finish school, and
they took care of my son for a while when he was little, but
then my father died and I had to drop out to go work. Now it
doesn’t look like I’ll ever marry-who’d want to have me?
A thirty- seven –year –old woman: I’d
been married for fifteen years when I got pregnant again at
thirty five. My two other kids were fourteen and twelve, and I
was finishing a two years course to be a court stenographer. I
had to change my plans completely and become a mother again, and
it was no cup of tea, believe me. Now my husband has filed for
divorce, and I’m sure the baby was part of the cause.
Of the 1.2 million teenagers who become
pregnant in the USA each year, more than 400,000 obtain
abortions. Many others drop out school or enter into hasty
marriages where the odds of divorce are high, the chances of
getting a try to raise a child alone or with the assistance of
relatives, but this plan often proves more difficult than it
might at first seem. An unplanted pregnancy at any age may also
an emotional cost to an unwanted pregnancy. Feelings of
foolishness , guilt, anger, or helplessness may strain or break
a relationship ( "It was all your fault"), or may
create later sexual problems.
In the developing and under developed
countries people are poorly know about contraception so the
birth control situation or the risks of having unsafe sex is exacerbated.
Of course, there are other reasons for using
contraception, including the wish to space pregnancies, limit
family size, avoid potential genetic disorders or birth defects,
protect the mothers health, and allow women more control over
planning their lives. Contraception also permits people to enjoy
a sexual relationship without making commitments to marriage or
Limiting reproduction also has major social
and philosophical consequences in a world of limited natural
resources where overpopulation exerts political and
psychological effects and environmental issues are of prominent