Prevention Methods

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Prevention Methods

The world of birth control can raise a lot of questions. What methods are out there? Do they protect me from STI's and Pregnancy? This table can help to answer some of those questions.

What is it?
What you should know.
Male Condom
Male Condom
Condoms are worn on the penis during sex. They are made of thin latex or plastic that has been molded into the shape of a penis. They prevent pregnancy and reduce the risk of STIs.

Male condoms are a very inexpensive and convenient way to help prevent STI's and pregnancy. They can be used for vaginal, oral and anal sex.

Male condoms are FREE for all WCU students at the Student Health and Wellness Center.
Female Condom
Female Condom
The female condom is a plastic or latex pouch that is used during intercourse to prevent pregnancy and reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases. It has flexible rings at each end. Just before vaginal intercourse, it is inserted deep into the vagina. The ring at the closed end holds the pouch in the vagina. The ring at the open end stays outside the vaginal opening during intercourse. And during anal intercourse, it is inserted into the anus.

Female Condoms are readily available in grocery and drug stores. It easily stays in place, however many complain that it is uncomfortable.
Birth Control Pills
Birth Control

Birth control pills are a kind of medication that women can take daily to prevent pregnancy.

The birth control pill is available with a prescription. It is safe effective and can also aid in relieving symptoms related to the menstrual cycle.

It does not protect against STIs so another form of birth control should be used, like a condom.

Available at the Student Health Center.

Dental Dam

dental dam

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A dental dam is a stretchable square of latex used as a barrier for safer sex during oral sex. Dental dams are a very effective way of preventing the transmission of bacteria, viruses and other pathogens during oral sexual activity.

The withdrawal method is when a man pulls his penis out of the vagina before ejaculation.

This method has no side effects for either partner but it offers NO protection against STIs. This method may not be a good idea for men who are not sure when they will ejaculate if there are no other birth control methods in place.

Emergency Contraception

(Plan-B One Step)

Plan b
The morning-after pill is a safe and effective way to prevent pregnancy after unprotected intercourse. It can reduce the chance of pregnancy when taken p to 72 hours after unprotected sex.

Emergency contraception is not as effective as birth control pills taken daily. It also does not protect you against sexually transmitted infections. The sooner it is used after unprotected sex, the more effective it will be.

Plan B is available at the Health Center with an appointment.