Birth Control

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New Non-Latex Condom: Lifestyles SYKN Large

Until recently, larger-size condoms were only made out of latex, leaving the larger-than-average, latex-allergenic, safer-sex minded consumer out of luck. Ansell, the makers of Lifestyles SKYN condoms, has recently released a roomier polyisoprene version, the first ever larger-size non-latex condom. Polyisoprene has the advantage of being stretchy like latex (unlike the more traditional non-latex option, polyurethane) but is safe for people with latex allergies or sensitivities to use. For a relatively small (but large?) demographic, this product launch comes as big news. Learn about MSP posts as they happen by following us on Twitter @mysexprofessor. Continue Reading →

Birth Control In Estonia

As regular MSP readers know, I’ve been living in Estonia since this summer, working on my dissertation. It’s a small-ish country located on the Baltic Sea, wedged between the Scandinavian countries, Finland, and Russia (see map). Recently, I had the opportunity to see a doctor, and while I was at it, I decided to look into birth control options here. While there are a few differences I’ve noticed between Estonia and the US, it seems that obtaining birth control was as easy as anywhere else in the West, and in some ways, even a little easier. While informally discussing birth control options with a female doctor, I learned that the pill is one of the more common forms of birth control available to young women. Continue Reading →

Cringe-Worthy Birth Control

I stumbled upon Cracked’s article on History 10 Most Terrifying Contraceptives, and was intrigued as well as grossed out. While some methods featured may be somewhat effective, I would not recommend any of them to anyone. Some highlights from the list including strapping the testicles from a weasel to your leg (if you are a woman), drinking moonshine with beaver testicles in it (what’s up with all the testicles??), and diaphragms made from opium. While there may not be many negative side effects to strapping some animal testicles to your leg, inserting opium into your body can have very dangerous and potentially deadly side effects. If you get a chance, check out the link and let me know which ones you think are the most bizarre or scary? Continue Reading →

All About The Shot, The Patch, and The Ring

As most of us who have ever tried a hormonal birth control know, it can often take a while to find the method that works best for you. For many, oral contraceptives are best, but for some, it’s better to not have to take a pill every day. To follow up my previous post about the birth control pill, I will take this space to discuss some non-oral forms of hormonal contraceptive: The Shot (Depo-Provera), The Patch (Ortho-Evra), and The Ring (NuvaRing). Continue Reading →

All About The Pill

In my work as a sexual health educator, I often take for granted that people know what I’m talking about when I discuss the pill. However, I’ve learned that there’s a whole lot about contraceptives that people don’t know, so I thought I’d write a bit of a tell-all. I’m starting with oral contraceptives, as it seems to be the post popular form of birth control. Here are some specs about “The Pill”:

The birth control pill is comprised of estrogen and progestin. These hormones are found naturally in your body, but the pill contains artificial versions of these hormones that regulate your body’s natural hormone levels in order to prevent pregnancy. Continue Reading →

Warning: Fake Morning After Pills

A few people have emailed around a link from the US Food and Drug Administration, and I figured the bigger the signal boost on a matter like this, the better. Disturbingly, the FDA has announced that counterfeit morning after pills are being found and are sold in some communities. While there are many medications that are sold in other countries but not here (and thus, not approved by the FDA), this one has the potential to be entirely fake. Now, this is not to say that all are – but are you going to test each and every pill? The name of the possibly counterfeit morning after pill is Evital, and I’ve added the image of the box. Continue Reading →

Can You Compost Condoms?

I only recently got into composting, and I fully admit that my household is still getting the hang of it. While I feel like almost everything in my life is compostable or recyclable, I don’t think I would have added condoms to either of those lists. However, an article from the Matador Network caught my attention (and I really thought it was a Onion-esque joke at first), but it suggests that latex condoms are compostable. Maybe they are but this video on YouTube (above) challenges this idea – and at the very least suggests that it might take more time or different methods than it takes for other things that are often thrown into the compost bin. That article has a link to a list of 75 things that you can compost, which I found interesting (add cardboard tampon applicators to your compost bin). Continue Reading →