Checkpoint: Methods of Contraception
Tina and Dan are considering various birth control methods. They are a newly married couple who practiced abstinence before marriage and plan on starting their family within a year.
One method of contraception that the couple could use is the pill. The pill can be used as a short term contraception and when the time comes that they want to start having a family, Tina would just stop taking the pill. The advantage of taking the pill is that if used correctly, it has a very high effective rate of not becoming pregnant. Another advantage to the pill is that sexual activity would not be interrupted and there are very little to no sexual side effects. The disadvantages to the pill are there are health side effects, such as pelvic inflammatory disease and ovarian cysts. The pill will not protect against STI's and when the woman decides to start taking the pill, the pill must be taken for a few weeks before sexual activity for it to be effective.
Another form of contraception that the couple could use is condoms. The use of condoms is a simple form because once the couple decides to try for a family, all they have to do is stop using them. Advantages of condoms are that the condom traps the semen so the semen is not inserted into the vagina, which can prevent pregnancy. Another advantage is that latex condoms have been shown to help prevent STI's and HIV/AIDS. The disadvantages of using condoms are that they can rip or fall off which makes them ineffective. Condoms can also make sex less spontaneous.
Linda is a young single woman with an active dating life. She chooses to be intimate only with long-term committed partners. She is wary of the risks...