It can be difficult for practitioners to keep abreast of various contraceptive options available to protect young people from unplanned pregnancy, let alone young people! These two video resources can help take the heat off you and bring expertise to the conversation.
Meet the Contraceptives Contraceptive devices compete with one another to gain a young couples attention. This US based skit includes contraceptive methods that are less widely used in Australia.
Types of Contraception -NHS A sexual health Doctor explains the difference between common contraceptives.
All hormone based contraceptives have risks that should be outlined by the person prescribing them. Women may also have varying side effects which again is a good reason to establish a good relationship with a practitioner so that a women can have access to a contraceptive that works well for them if they so chose.
Condoms – are one of the most effective forms of contraception if put on before any vaginal penetration. They are the only contraceptive that provided protection against both unplanned pregnancy and most STI’s. Despite their efficacy and relative availability, many young people still do not wear condoms. Ensuring young people have access to condoms not just to use in the heat of the moment but to practice unwrapping and putting on before the need arises can increase their confidence using a condom in front of a partner.
The following video resources are excellent conversation starters to help you broach the topic (and have a chuckle along the way!)
Best condom Ads Funny, sexy, powerful, these top commercials are sure to get the conversation started.
Glam Reaper Clever add reminding GLBTQI viewers that condoms are still the most effective prevention against the transmission of HIV.
Why are we Campaign warning against the risk of barebacking amongst men who have sex with men.
Oral Contraceptive Pill – there are generally two sorts, a combined pill containing oestrogen and progesterone and the mono pill which contains progesterone only.
Implanon – a small hormone secreting device that is placed under the skin that inhibits ovulatory cycles. It lasts for two years
Depo Provera – a medroxyprogesterone hormone injection that inhibits an ovulation cycle for three months
Intra Uterine Devices – a small device that is inserted through the cervix that inhibits pregnancy. There are two types, one releases a small amount of progesterone to inhibit ovulation and the other is copper which acts as a spermicide.
The Vaginal Ring – is inserted high into the vagina and slowly releases a hormone to prevent pregnancy
Vasectomy – This is not generally encouraged in males under the age of 25 years. 1 one centimetre incision is performed in the scrotum, the vas deferens is cut and tied, and the incision is closed with one suture or steristrips. There is no change to sexual functioning other than no sperm being present in the ejaculate.