How To Teach The Dangers of Unprotected Sex In Less Than Three Minutes

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The risks of unsafe sex vary from health issues to pregnancy so birth control tips should be a part of every woman’s education.

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Everything You Need To Know About 

The Risks Of Unsafe Sex

Unprotected sex health issues are common and need to be discussed. Women need to feel empowered to take care of their bodies and their health, especially when it comes to intimacy. The way a woman can get to this point is to not just become educated about the dangers of unprotected sex, but to also become fully aware of how her body will change if she becomes pregnant. Millennial and VProud intern Claire HarnEnz reflects on an equally funny and informational video featuring a young mom sharing all of the gory pregnancy-caused body changing details with a young, very, very surprised woman. Although we loved the video because of the laughs it provided, it’s important to point out that many women decide to become pregnant without knowing so much of this information about what’s about to happen to their own bodies! Claire takes a critical look at this issue and tells it how it is: If you don’t know this information, look it up! Take a look at the video to reminisce or get informed about those pregnancy body changes and take a look at Claire’s spot on analysis of the importance of discussing the risks of unsafe sex.

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The Most Honest Birth Control Tips Ever

Hopefully, at some point between middle school and now, most millennials have gotten the birth control talk, complete with the romantic placement of the condom on a banana. If not, please head to the local gas station and start watching some youtube “how to” videos because the dangers of unprotected sex are real and cause serious health issues.

One of the most common outcomes of unprotected sex is pregnancy which at the right time can be a beautiful, magical experience. At the wrong time, it can be a life ruining nightmare, on both the financial and physical sides. 

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average bill for having baby runs up to $10,000 and that is just the starting price. The US Department of Agriculture estimates that raising that baby to the age of 18 costs over $304,480. 

Not included in that price is the cost of any extra costs from the physical complications of pregnancy. During pregnancy, increased body hair, acne, and foot size is expected, but it is also common to suffer from anemia, yeast infections, and morning sickness. Once the pregnancy is complete and the baby is delivered, it does not get easier. Hair loss, postpartum depression, stretch marks, vaginal discharge, and discomfort during sex are on the short list of issues that may never get better. All of which will have to be dealt with while you have a baby that needs constant attention.

Although, compared to Herpes, HIV, and Syphilis, which are also risks of unsafe sex, I would rather get pregnant. Babies grow up to buy gifts on mother's day and maybe even learn how to play the piano. Syphilis does not do those things, instead it can remain dormant in the body for 10 to 20 years. So unprotected sex in your late twenties can cause dementia when you are in your fifties. Herpes, on the other hand, causes the outbreak of painful sores a few times a year but can be transmitted even when sores are not present. Having Herpes makes it more likely you will contract even more serious STD such as HIV, which is life threatening.

The dangers of unprotected sex are real. To prevent pregnancy and STD’s here are some birth control tips. This includes always using a physical barrier, preferably a male condom that is not expired and fits correctly. Only condoms can prevent against STD’s. Chemical barriers, such as an IUD’s, the pill, or birth control implants can only prevent against pregnancy. For the most effective results, a chemical and physical barrier should be used at the same time. However, it is important to do your research and decide which methods work best for you and your partner.

The other effective method for preventing STD’s is knowing if you or your partner has an STD, in which case further protection would be needed. This requires regular screenings with your doctor. For example, herpes can be spread even with the use of a condom so you need to know if your partner is on a medication that limits outbreaks. 

About the author: Claire HarnEnz is a VProud intern.

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