March 30, 2011 • Sexual Health
Choosing the Right Contraception For You
With so many options out there, writer and Planned Parenthood Ottawa intern Anastasia Szakowski looks at some of the pros and cons of different kinds of contraception.
Sexuality is an important part of human existence. It allows us to enjoy our bodies, interact with one another and, if we so choose, procreate. Sex is also present in our everyday realities and seems to “penetrate” every aspect of human life.
However, like many things, sex comes with its own set of consequences and responsibilities. It can present you with outcomes which may seriously affect your well-being. Consequences, which can arise out of unprotected sex, can include unintended pregnancies and/or sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Sexual health education is vital if women want to reclaim their bodies and protect their autonomy. Too often, the sexist and stereotypical obligations assigned to us as women in a patriarchal society work to discredit our own intuitions in favour of accepting a ‘prescribed sexuality.’ This prescribed sexuality attempts to dictate our sexual behaviour and controls how we handle our bodies. For example, our methods of contraception are prescribed and cost us money. Not only that, values which we may not agree with, are also imposed on us by way of our sexuality. Pressure is put on us to choose a contraceptive method that does not impede a man’s desire (i.e. pushing for the pill over a condom as contraception) or does not get in the way of our future fertility, and maintains the status quo that contraception should be a woman’s responsibility. What it means to be a sexual human being is lost along with our right to experience our bodies and choose what is best for our own health.
As a Planned Parenthood Ottawa Intern, I have had the opportunity to learn all about sexual health, and I have found that the most important thing you can do to have a happy, healthy sex life is to stay informed. This means knowing about your choices when it comes to contraception and protection against STIs and deciding on a method that is right for you. Protect your right to sexual autonomy.
Below are of some of the types of contraceptives that may be available in your area. Click on the slideshow for more information. Read on to find out how you can enjoy a pleasurable and satisfying sex life, shamelessly!
(All contraceptive information provided in this article has been brought to you by Planned
Parenthood Ottawa. All prices for contraceptive methods listed were verified with Shoppers Drug Mart and may vary depending on region.)