2 out of 5 report that condoms are their favorite contraceptive



A recent survey conducted by LELO showed that 79% of 4000 participants practice safe sex, with 44% choosing condoms as their preferred method of contraception. There's a big difference between contraception (measures taken to prevent pregnancy) and prevention (measures taken to preserve health and prevent the spread of disease), so always take responsibility when choosing the method.

LELO has always encouraged people to be sex-positive and enjoy sex and everything related to it. We want everyone to be completely open, feel sexy, experience pleasure, and enjoy; that's pretty obvious. But, besides us wanting everyone to have a fulfilled, intimate life, we constantly emphasize the importance of the responsibility which goes together with enjoyment. The pleasure of discovering all the wonders of one's body is also caring about safety and protection.

Abstinence may be the option for some people, but for all who enjoy sex, some things just need to be covered before getting started; we're just here to protect your parts and pieces. We know too well that even grabbing a condom from the bedside table can seem like it will ruin the flow, but it doesn't take guts to use contraception. We have to think long-term here. Practice safe sex with us this Contraception Day on September 26th and every other day. Our goal is only to inform you that there is so much out there in the safe sex world, so there are no excuses not to partake in it!

Before exploring one of the contraception options available, it is important to speak with your healthcare provider and find out all the side effects of each contraception method.  

Natural/traditional methods

This is a method of contraception where a woman can monitor and record her menstrual cycle to know when she is likely to get pregnant. There are numerous period-tracking apps that can be used to track the cycle. Also, there is the temperature method used to measure when there's a small rise in body temperature after ovulation and the cervical secretion monitoring method - cervical mucus during the menstrual cycle to help you determine if it's your conception time.

IUD (intrauterine devices)

IUDs are small T-shaped plastic and copper devices put into your uterus by a doctor. It releases copper to stop you from getting pregnant and protects against pregnancy for 5 to 10 years, depending on the type. The implant is another hormonal option - a small flexible plastic rod placed under a woman's arm skin and can last up to 3 years. Yet, both of these do not protect against STIs, so you need to use condoms.

Oral contraceptives

"The pill" contains artificial versions of female hormones estrogen and progesterone. When taken correctly, it is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy; it should be taken at the same time every day, so it is not the proper method for the oblivious ones. But the solution for women who find it challenging to remember to take a pill by schedule is contraceptive injections which release progestogen into your bloodstream to prevent pregnancy. However, none of these don't protect you against STIs.

Barriers

Aside from abstinence, condoms are the only prevention for unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. With LELO HEX, experience uninterrupted lovemaking thanks to the condom's anti-slip grip, safe in the knowledge of its strength and superb flexibility that will keep you protected. The hexagonal pattern of the HEX condom allows for thinner material and better grip but doesn't falter regarding durability. If it does break or tear in any way, the hexagonal pattern will keep it localized to prevent further tearing. For women, there are female condoms, diaphragms - flexible silicone devices and also and cervical caps - silicone cups with spermicide, that can are inserted into the vagina. They aren't as effective as condoms, but nonetheless an option.

Surgical methods

These methods include male and female sterilization. Vasectomies involve a non-invasive surgery to prevent sperm from going to the penis. The female equivalent is getting the fallopian tubes tied. This is pretty common for people who want to maintain their sex lives after having kids or for people who know they don't want to have kids.

Whatever method you choose, please note that a lot of these methods are to prevent pregnancy, not STIs. Responsibility towards you or your partner is a must when engaging in any sexual activity so make sure you practice safe sex - always.
 
About LELO:
LELO is not just a sex toy brand; it's a self-care movement aimed at those who know that satisfaction transcends gender, sexual orientation, race, and age. We're offering the experience of ecstasy without shame, the pleasure of discovering all the wonders of one's body, thus facilitating our customers with confidence, that leads to a fulfilled intimate life. LELOi AB is the Swedish company behind LELO, where offices extend from Stockholm to San Jose, from Sydney to Shanghai. More information : www.lelo.com

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