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  1. Oops…

    March 28, 2011 by Lou

    Condom Calamities!

    Common problems with condoms and how to resolve them

    Sometimes in life, things don’t go to plan…

    What do I do if the condom break/splits?

    If a condom is not put on correctly, i.e. air becomes trapped in the tip – the air pressure can cause it to break or split. Oil-based lubricants can damage a condom and cause it to break also. If this happens,  take a deep breath, stay calm and take the condom off carefully to reduce leakage. Wash yourself in case of leakage and sit down with your partner and discuss what you’re going to do.

    If you are in a monogamous relationship (long-term with the same person) and know each other’s sexual health history but were a not using the “double dutch” method, then emergency contraception is your best option (if you want to prevent pregnancy). If you are not in a relationship, then a STI test will be needed as well.


    What do I do if it slides off?

    If it slides off, there is a chance that semen may have leaked outside of the condom. Similar to the previous situation, take the condom off and if you want to continue, use a new one. If you feel it may have leaked and are worried, talk to your partner and discuss what you want to do (ex. whether you want to get emergency contraception).


    What do I do  if it is put on inside out?

    If a condom is put on inside out it can cause you problems trying to rolling it on. If it doesn’t roll out, don’t turn it around as there will most likely be some semen on the condom. Get a new one. See above for how to put on a condom properly.


    What do I do if it is too tight?

    In this situation the condom is most likely too small. It will still be effective but your partner may be uncomfortable! Most condoms adjust to a man’s penis, as there are usually only small differences in size. Some men are bigger than average and require larger sized condoms. In future, make sure you and your partner get a condom that is the right size.


    What do I do if it is too loose?

    There could be two separate problems here – either the penis is not fully erect or the condom is too big. Most condoms are made to accommodate most men. Condoms are available in slightly smaller sizes and you should make sure the size of the condom is the right size for the penis it intends to go on. Some guys may like to buy “extra large” condoms to cater to their egos but buying bigger sizes does not magically increase the size of a penis! Bottom line – always make sure it’s the right size.


    What if the condom in a wallet out of date?

    Don’t even think about using it. Put it in the bin. Get a new one.


    What if we use two?

    This is not a good idea. referred to as ‘double bagging‘, using two condoms may seem logical for extra protection but in fact two will cause friction off one another and cause them to split. Stick to using one and using it properly.


    And a final note….


    “It seems like such a huuuggge effort, I mean I don’t know if I can be bothered…”

    We understand why you may feel like this and we understand that sometimes these things can be seem like they may take too uch time and stress. But that brings up a very important point – maturity. The media gives us the impression, that women, can drop their knickers on a whim and have mind blowing sex without having to face any consequences, which, as you know, is very far from the truth.

    Sex can be a very rewarding part of a relationship, if and when both partners are taking part for the right reasons and have a mature attitude towards safe sex, both emotionally and physically. If you or your partner are not comfortable or cannot be bothered discussing contraception or any issues regarding sex, odds are that you’re not ready to start having it .



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  2. The Pill

    March 26, 2011 by Lou

    The Pill and Mini Pill – Combined Oral Contraceptive (COC) and Progestogen Only Pill (POP)

    What is the pill?

    The pill is the nickname for a small tablet, that is taken daily, as a form of contraception. In a recent report, approximately 45% of the women surveyed between the ages of 18-24 reported using the pill as their chosen form of contraception (ISSHR, 2006).

    The pill – commonly known as the combined (COC) pill- is a tablet that contains two hormones (oestrogen and progestogen) which are similar to the natural hormones which females produce in their ovaries. The combined pill should not be mistaken for what has been referred to as the mini-pill, a contraceptive tablet which contains progestogen only. You will likely find that both pills are often referred to as “the pill”.

    How do I get it?

    First and foremost, before you start taking the pill you will need a doctor to prescribe you it! (although, in some countries, they now offer it over-the-counter). There are many different types and brands of the pill and different pharmaceuticals manufacture their own brands. Different types may also contain different hormone levels – it may take trying out a few to find one that settles with your own body or you could be lucky and get one that agrees with you first time. For some women, the pill does not agree with their body and side effects mean they have to consider a different type of contraception. Your doctor will advise you on the correct hormone combination that suits you.

    How is it taken?

    The pill is taken at the same time every day, for 21 days (3 weeks), followed by a 7 day break. It is during this break that women will have their period, although it is not a true period – it is usually lighter and shorter. After this 7 day break, a woman begins a new pack of tablets and continues taking them for the next 21 days, followed by a 7 day break and so on.

    The 28 day pill is taken every day with no break between packets. The last 7 tablets contain no hormones but are ‘dummy pills‘ included simply to help women stay in the habit of taking a pill every day.

    Usually a woman doesn’t have to take a 7 day break if she doesn’t want to – say she’s going on a holiday, and doesn’t want to get her period – she can run the packs together, and skip the break week, begin a new pack, and continue taking it as usual. There has been no long-term side effects with this method, in fact, the 21-day routine followed by a 7-day break was designed to let women have a period, which can feel more natural. Always check with your doctor how your pill should be taken and always take as directed! If in doubt check the instructions that come with your pill.

    The important thing really is that whether you take a 21 day or a 28 day schedule - it doesn’t affect your protection!

    The majority of pill types are monophasic, that means that each pill contains exactly the same amount of hormones.  Others are phasic, this means different levels of hormones will be taken to reflect a woman’s natural hormonal level. While this phasic pill is uncommon, it can be prescribed if the monophasic type does not settle with her body. In this case, the pills are different colours and it is crucial that the pills are taken in the right order.

    With all pills, it is crucial to take the pill at around the same time every day and to take them in the correct order if they are to be effective.

    How reliable is it?

    The Pill and the Mini Pill’s effectiveness depends on the individual taking it. If you follow the instructions carefully and are responsible in remembering to take it, with full knowledge of possible problems that can interfere with its effectiveness, then research has shown it to be 99% effective; One woman in 100 will get pregnant a year. Three things that affect the pill’s effectiveness is vomiting, diarrhoea and anti-biotics. All information needed comes in the packet in a leaflet, it is important that you read that leaflet if you decide to go on the pill.

    What does it do exactly? How does it stop you getting pregnant?

    The pill uses artificial forms of female hormones – normally oestrogen and progestogen – which mimic the hormones a woman naturally produces in her ovaries when a woman is pregnant. The pill and mini-pill operate differently in the way they prevent pregnancy.

    The Pill – COC

    Each pill contains two hormones (oestrogen and progestogen). This is taken daily at the same time everyday

    This pill prevents pregnancy by:

    1. Preventing ovulation (the release of the egg from the ovary)
    2. Thickening the mucus in the cervix (neck of the womb), making it harder for sperm to reach the egg (caused by progestogen).
    3. Causing the lining of the womb to become thinner so there is less chance of a fertilised egg attaching itself.


    The Mini Pill – POP

    Each pill contains the hormone progestogen and it has to be taken every day at the same time.

    This pill prevents pregnancy by:

    • Thickening the mucus in the cervix (neck of the womb), making it harder for sperm to reach the egg (caused by progestogen).

    It can also work by:

    • Causing the lining of the womb to become thinner so there is less chance of a fertilised egg attaching itself and in some women, like the COC, it stops ovulation.
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  3. Condoms!!!

    by Lou

    What is a condom? and

    Where can I get one?

    A male condom is a latex or polyurethane (rubber) sheath (covers the whole penis), that fits comfortably over a man’s penis when it is erect. It has a teat at the top to catch the sperm when he ejaculates. It is used to provide protection from STI’s and to prevent an unplanned pregnancy. Condoms are the most effective form of contraception against STI’s (besides abstinence of course!).

    Condoms (sometimes also referred to as a ‘barrier method’) are usually made of latex, or more recently polyurethane. Unlike other latex products (such as washing up gloves!) they have been developed and designed to be cheap, easy to use, comfortable and reliable. In fact, if it is used carefully and correctly the male condom has a success rate of 99% ( They can also be used along with hormonal contraception (such as the Pill) to provide protection for STIs; this is known as going “double dutch”.

    It must be noted, while condoms are easy to use – they’re only easy to use when you know how to! So make sure you learn how to put one on correctly and safely!

    Condoms are widely available without prescription in chemists, supermarkets, petrol stations, pub and restaurant toilets, vending machines and online. They also come in a variety of colours, flavours and sizes.

    Condoms allow both partners to take responsibility for the sexual health :)


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