With more and more younger people experimenting with sex these days, birth control is a common concern for both women and men. And while women have numerous options when choosing a birth control method, Columbus gynecologist Dr. Otto Umana wants women to be aware of the options that men have as well.
The most common options for men include:
Abstinence. Some people define abstinence as not having vaginal intercourse at a time when a woman might get pregnant. This is better described as periodic abstinence, which is actually referred to as fertility awareness-based methods of birth control offered by your Columbus gynecologist. And others define abstinence as not having any kind of sexual intercourse with a partner. Being abstinent at all times is the only way to be completely sure that you won’t have an unplanned pregnancy or get a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
Condoms. Condoms are worn on the penis during intercourse and are made of thin latex or plastic that has been molded into the shape of a penis. They are also referred to as rubbers, safes, or jimmies. They are a good forma of birth control to prevent pregnancy and reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases. Condoms are available in different sizes, styles and colors, and either dry, lubricated, or with spermicide.
Outercourse. This term means different things to different people. For some people, it’s any form of sexual activity without vaginal intercourse; for others, it means sexual activity with no penetration at all, including oral, anal, or vaginal.
Vasectomy. This procedure is a form of birth control for men that is designed to be permanent. During a vasectomy, your doctor closes (or blocks) the tubes that carry the sperm. When the tubes are closed or blocked, sperm cannot leave a man’s body to unite with a woman’s egg and cause pregnancy.
Withdrawal. The withdrawal method of birth control involves the man pulling out – or withdrawing – his penis out of the vagina prior to ejaculation. It’s also referred to as coitus interruptus and the pullout method. While withdrawal may be the world’s oldest way to practice birth control, according to your Columbus gynecologist, it’s also one of the most risky.
Younger women need to know that even if she is using a birth control method, her partner can still use a second form of his own to make pregnancy even less likely. For example, if a woman is taking a birth control pill, her partner can use a condom to reduce the risk of an unplanned pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). If you or your daughter have any questions, contact your Columbus gynecologist, Dr. Otto Umana.