Are you ready to Be The Dads?

You might only be in middle school or high school or college but if you happen to get a girl pregnant then you will be the dad. You might think that it’s only once or that you are being careful but if the girl gets pregnant are you ready to be the dad? Do you believe the hype that you can be the man and it won’t get you? Are you believing lies “it can’t or won’t happen to you”? Ready to take a moment to see the data so that you can make a data-driven decision? Abstinence aka not having sex is the only method that is 100% guaranteed to ensure you won’t get a girl pregnant.

Let’s check out the options and types of birth control that are out there:

source: FDA: Birth Control Chart

Birth Control MethodHow it worksRisksNumber of Pregnancies expected per 100 Women)
Sterilization Surgery for WomenOnetime procedure.
Permanent.
Pain
Bleeding
Infection or other complications after surgery
Less than 1
Sterilization Surgery for MenOnetime procedure.
Permanent.
Pain
Bleeding
Infection
Less than 1
IUD CopperInserted by a healthcare provider.
Lasts up to 3-5 years, depending on the type.
Irregular bleeding
No periods (amenorrhea)
Abdominal/pelvic pain
Less than 1
Implantable RodInserted by a healthcare provider.
Lasts up to 3 years.
Menstrual Changes
Mood swings or depressed mood
Weight gain
Headache
Acne
Less than 1
Shot/InjectionNeed a shot every 3 months.Loss of bone density
Irregular bleeding/ Bleeding between periods
Headaches
Weight gain
Nervousness
Dizziness
Abdominal discomfort
6
Oral Contraceptives “The Pill” (Combined Pill)Must swallow a pill every day.Spotting/ bleeding between periods
Nausea
Breast tenderness
Headache
9
Oral Contraceptives “The Mini Pill” (Progestin Only)Must swallow a pill at the same time every day.Spotting/ bleeding between periods
Nausea
Breast tenderness
Headache
9
PatchPut on a new patch each week for 3 weeks (21 total days).
Don’t put on a patch during the fourth week.
Spotting or bleeding between menstrual periods
Nausea
Stomach pain
Breast tenderness
Headache
Skin irritation
9
Vaginal Contraceptive RingPut the ring into the vagina yourself. Keep the ring in your vagina for 3 weeks and then take it out for one week.Vaginal discharge, discomfort in the vagina, and mild irritation.
Headache
Mood changes
Nausea
Breast tenderness
9
Diaphragm with SpermicideMust use it every time you have sex.Irritation
Allergic reactions
Urinary tract infection
12
Sponge with SpermicideMust use it every time you have sex.Irritation12-24
Cervical Cap with SpermicideMust use it every time you have sex.Irritation
Allergic reactions
Abnormal Pap test
17-23
Male CondomMust use it every time you have sex.
Provides protection against some STDs.
Irritation
Allergic reactions
18
Female CondomMust use it every time you have sex.
Provides protection against some STDs.
Discomfort or pain during insertion or sex.
Burning sensation, rash, or itching
21
Spermicide AloneMust use it every time you have sex.Irritation
Allergic reactions
Urinary tract infection
28

There are Emergency Contraceptives (EC)

Their effectiveness only prevents about 55-85% of predicted pregnancies and shouldn’t be used as a regular form of birth control.

Birth Control MethodHow it worksRisksNumber of Pregnancies expected per 100 Women) / Success Rate
Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg (1 pill)
Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg (2 pills)
Swallow the pills as soon as possible within 3 days after having unprotected sex.Menstrual changes
Headache
Nausea
Dizziness
Vomiting
Breast pain
Tiredness
Lower stomach (abdominal) pain
7 out of every 8 women who would have gotten pregnant will not become pregnant after taking this EC.
Ulipristal AcetateSwallow the pills within 5 days after having unprotected sex.Headache
Nausea
Abdominal pain
Menstrual pain
Tiredness
Dizziness
6 or 7 out of every 10 women who would have gotten pregnant will not become pregnant after taking this EC.

Birth Control Categories

The methods of trying to prevent pregnancies can be broken up into 5 categories and some of the methods end up in multiple categories. Outside of abstinence none of them are 100% successful!

Method CategoryReference MaterialsEffectiveness
NaturalNatural Birth Control Methods77%-95%
OTC MethodsOver-the-Counter Birth Control72%-88%
Prescription MethodsWhich types of birth control do I have to see my doctor to get?86%-99.9%
Hormonal MethodsHormonal methods of birth control92%-99.9%
Permanent MethodsPERMANENT METHODS99.5%-99.9%

So, unless you are ready to be the dad for a little baby boy or girl your best bet is to wait till you find that lady who will become your wife, and together you can have the most incredible experiences together and then raise your kids the right way and be the dad that your wife needs, your kids need, and this world needs you to be!

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