Bethany Farrar HE 210 OLSeptember 25, 2012 My TeachBacks
Chapter 9: Birth Control This chapter includes the different methods of birth control, how to get birth control and how to know which one is right for you. Discussing birth control with your partner is also a highlighted part of this chapter.
What is Birth Control? Birth control is protecting oneself from pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. According to the book, it is very important to become educated about birth control and teach one another about it so that we can all find what works best for us.
Where to get Contraceptives Most methods can be found at drug stores, outreach clinics, family planning clinics or sex stores. Hormonal, Long Lasting, Permanent methods require visits to health care providers to be obtained.
Methods of Birth Control The following are different methods of to choose from: Barrier Hormonal Long Lasting Permanent Non Medical Emergency
Ch. 9 Favorite Quote ―Whatever we choose to do, we can act together.‖ p. 204 I liked this quote the most because it really enforces that we as women need to work together. If we don’t, sexual health education could not be provided in schools or we might not be able to find good health care providers.
Ch. 9 Discussion Question With the coming election, questions of birth control, planned parenthood and women’s health are hot topics. What are your views on keeping or not keeping facilities that help women obtain birth control and receive information about it? My opinion is that I think that places like Planned Parenthood are important to all women. It allows women to have access to information about contraceptives and screenings for pregnancy or STIs.
Chapter 10: Safer Sex Safer sex consists of the steps to take before or during sexual activities that reduce risk of STIs. According to the text, ―safer sex‖ is used instead of ―safe sex‖ because sex is never guaranteed to be 100% safe. There are different sexual activities that are higher risk than others of contracting or transmitting an STI.
Talking with Your Partner It is crucial to discuss with your partner about STIs to protect both parties. Some questions to consider: ○ Has either of us, or any of our other/previous partners, ever had an STI? When? What was it? Did it ever come back? ○ Have we both obtained preventive sexual health care, including STI screenings? ○ What do we usually do to make sex safer?
Safe Sex Tips1. Bring your own form of contraceptive2. Role play safer sex conversations with friends3. Create basic limits and boundaries4. Avoid getting so drunk and high5. Make safer sex a part of sex6. Don’t rush into high risk activities7. If history of sexual abuse, seek advice from a therapist or counselor8. Choose partners who don’t put all the responsibility on you for safer sex9. Work toward being able to talk more candidly about sex and sexual health with friends and partners10. Don’t feel bad about yourself if you find this difficult
Safer Sex Teachings in Schoolsand Communities Studies show that teaching STI sex education lowers students having intercourse and higher levels of safer sex. Programs that teach abstinence-only sex education have not been effective in preventing STIs. Attitudes toward sex are influenced by communities, economic status and life experiences.
Ch. 10 Favorite Quote ―With knowledge and communication today, we can avoid health problems tomorrow—and that makes sex a lot more fun.‖ p. 262 I agree with this statement completely. The more we know about sex, the better we can enjoy it and know it’s risks and prevent them.
Ch. 10 Discussion Question Which is a better curriculum for schools, teaching abstinence-only sex education or STI sex education? I think it is better for schools to teach STI sex education because it teaches students the side effects of being safe. I think that if you only teach abstinence-only, they would rebel because they don’t know the risks, they just know that the adults around them don’t want them to have sex.
Chapter 11: SexuallyTransmitted Infections Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) or Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) are bacterial and viral infections that are passed from one to person to another through anal, vaginal or oral sex. The chapter discusses kinds of STIs, how to prevent STIs, how they are transmitted and their symptoms.
Protection from STIs The only method that is 100% effective at preventing STIs is abstinence People who have more than one sexual partner are more likely to get an STI Reducing risk can come from vaccinations of HPV and Hepatitis B Following safer sex can reduce risk See health care provider for screenings
Types of STIs Bacteria caused STIs Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Syphilis, Trichomoniasis Viral STIs Herpes, HPV, Hepatitis B and HIV/AIDS
Bacterial STIs Spread from bacteria or parasites This type of STI can be cured with treatment of antibotics. Most common bacterial STI in the United States is Gonorrhea.
Viral STIs These types of STIs can be treated to relieve symptoms or slow infection but medicine will not cure it HPV or Human Papillomavirus is the most common STI in the United States.
Ch. 11 Favorite Quote ―And because of lingering negative social attitudes toward sex, even the idea of having a sexually transmitting infection can bring up embarrassment, shame, anger, and fear.‖ p. 275 I think that the more sex and STIs that are discussed socially, the more comfortable everyone would be. This would help those who are too scared to get tested because they do not discuss it openly. It would help to keep people more aware of what is going on around them and be better treated for any infections.
Ch. 11 Discussion Question How important is it to you that know your partner has been screened for any STIs? How would it affect the relationship? For me, it is very important that I know that my partners sexual health. It would make both of us aware of what we need to do to have safer sex or not to have sex at all. It could end or continue the relationship if it is not discussed honestly.