In our great, noble pursuit of the illustrious orgasm, the chances of getting pregnant are a bit more elevated than they would be were we not all pursuing said orgasms. So, today, we’re going to talk about contraceptives. Gather ’round, kiddos. TW for fertility-related issues.
While I am a huge proponent of the good ole Nuva Ring – mostly because it did not screw with my emotional health, dermatology, or weight like some other hormonal methods of birth control did – I’ve been off the Ring since July of last year due to long-lapsed insurance and a couple of other mitigating factors. So, to keep untimely fetuses at bay, we’ve been going the ole rubber route.
So my questions for you are:
1. If you’re actively trying to avoid pregnancy during this year’s challenge, what method(s) do you use?
2. If you are actively trying to encounter pregnancy during this year’s challenge, were you ever a birth control user? What did you use, if so? If not, are you engaging in any process that increases your chances of conception?
3. For those of you for whom none of the above applies (you’re flying solo this year, or conception is – due to any variety of circumstances – off the table for you (and you feel comfortable discussing it), can you provide us with the best old wives’ tale about contraception you’ve ever heard?
Because of the nature of this topic, I’m going to go out of my way to ask our always cautious commentariat to be sensitive in their remarks to the variety of experiences that will be represented by readers here, and to use trigger warnings judiciously. And in light of the current political climate, I’d also ask that no one shame anyone for their chosen approach; we’ve got enough unsolicited opinions flying at us about what we do with our bodies from our elected representatives without having to hear it elsewhere, amirite?
On that note… Birth control! Go!