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9.15.2010

In the News: Contraception Inception?

9.15.2010
There seems to be a trend when it comes to contraception that males worry about the condoms and women worry about the pills. The truth is that it takes two people to have sex, so both partners should be actively involved in the contraception process. In fact, one recent study shows that young women are more than twice as likely to use birth control if their partners are in favor of it.

The study, recently published in the journal Women's Health Issues, looked at 435 couples in Oklahoma City and Los Angeles aged 18-25 who were not pregnant, nor trying to conceive. Unlike many other studies, this one interviewed both males and females about contraception use and pregnancy motivation, acknowledging that sexual responsibility falls on both partners. The reasons remain unclear, but the findings suggest that when males are active in discussing contraception, females are more likely to listen.

Even though the majority of female partners did not want to get pregnant, most of them were having unprotected sex. This leads researchers to encourage sexually active women to explore their contraception options. Whether in a heterosexual or homosexual relationship, it's always important to protect yourself against STIs. Use condoms regularly and ladies, contact the Student Health and Wellness Center about other forms of contraception. Remember to talk to your sexual partners about contraception methods early on, and not in the heat of the moment. It's easy to forget to get IT on when you're ready to get it on.

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