Getting involved in relationships with the opposite sex is part of growing up. Teenage girls and boys tend to think about what it means to be involved in a sexual relationship. There are many things to be taken into consideration before one should decide to have sex.
There is the issue of morality which can make one feel guilty about premarital sex. Such guilt can play a major role in affecting one’s emotional and psychological well-being, which usually leads to anxiety and depression. Health concerns are also on top of the agenda whenever a person decides to engage in a serious, intimate relationship.
Sexual health is an important matter to think about since it is no longer safe to engage in unprotected sex. One must be aware that sexual relationships can expose people to the risk of getting sexually transmitted diseases (STD). No one can tell if a person is infected with STD. Even healthy-looking people can have the disease without them knowing it. Be sure that you and your partner are protected before engaging in any sexual activity.
Unwanted pregnancy is also another consequence of sexual relationships which young people should think about. Many young people’s futures have been ruined by getting pregnant even when they are not yet emotionally and psychologically ready for the responsibility that teenage pregnancy entails. Even if you don’t get pregnant or infected by STD, consider how you will feel if the relationship breaks up.
Many young people are not comfortable talking to their parents about this situation. It is important that you have a trusted adult or health care provider with whom you can discuss all your concerns and worries. Times like these can be very confusing for most young people and having someone to talk to would do wonders to gain more clarity and objective advice about sexuality.
Young people who make the decision to engage in any sexual activity should learn how to protect themselves against STD and prevent unwanted pregnancy. For contraception, there are various products out in the market that are effective in preventing pregnancy. Costs, methods of use, and level of protection against STDs vary depending on the contraceptive.
There are two popular types of contraception, namely: the use of birth control pills and the condom. Both contraceptives can protect against pregnancy and STD. Males use some types of contraception that are usually different from what females normally use. It is good to know all about the different types of female and male contraception if you are into a sexual relationship.
Together, the involved partners should figure out the best choice for the two of them. The type of contraception can have an effect on the health of both people in the relationship. Only females can get pregnant, but both males and females can get STDs. Sexual intercourse always increases the risk for unwanted pregnancy and STDs. Practicing safe sex with only one partner who is uninfected and has no other sexual partners can greatly lower such risk.
Birth control pills are small contraceptive tablets that usually contain two types of synthetic female hormones, progestin and estrogen. This is called the “combination oral contraceptive”. Estrogen and progesterone are produced by the ovaries.
These hormones prevent pregnancy by suppressing the pituitary gland, which stops the development and the release of the egg in the ovary, called ovulation. The progestin hormone also helps to prevent the sperm from reaching the egg and changes the lining of the uterus. Birth control pills contain only one hormone called progestin and are considered to be the “mini-Pill.” This type of contraceptive works by suppressing ovulation and helping to prevent the male’s sperm from reaching the egg.
The combination pill is slightly more effective than the progestin-only pill. But there are some people whose bodies don’t react well to the estrogen in the combined pill. It is better that they take the progestin-only pill to avoid any complications from side effects.
The birth control pill is highly effective if you take the pill exactly as directed by your health care provider. The pill is to be taken once a day, at the same time every day. Be sure to have backup contraception such as condoms during the remainder of the pill cycle when diarrhea or vomiting occurs, or when you are taking some other medication that could change the effectiveness of the birth control pills.
Aside from preventing unwanted pregnancy, birth control pills have other medical benefits, such as easing menstrual cramps, regulating the menstrual cycle, reducing the amount and length of menstrual bleeding.
Having a sexual relationship entails great responsibility, not only to yourself but to your partner as well. Always remember to engage in safe sex.