Let’s Talk about Sex… and Birth Control.

Step one to survival is being prepared for the worst before having to actually survive the worst. Some might say one of the worst consequences of sex is pregnancy. Fortunately, birth control exists to prevent pregnancy– If you’re prepared.

All of the many forms of birth control seek to accomplish the same goal: prevent pregnancy before it happens.

Some methods are for use before sex. Some for use after; and a few for use during sex. Regardless of the method, it’s imperative to have a plan if your plan isn’t to make a baby.

Planned Parenthood does a fantastic job outlining the many birth control options the world currently has to offer. They even offer a handy quiz to help you determine what the best method might be for you.

The Pill or condoms might be a great option while we’re living in the current state of things and shit has yet to hit the fan. However, after an apocalyptic event, while we’re seeking comfort in the private parts of others, The Morning After pill might be the best option.

Some people think The Morning After Pill is hard to get a hold of (or that it’s an abortion pill) but they’re wrong (on both counts). Currently, this form of birth control is available without a prescription (with a prescription it might be free on your insurance like the daily pill). In America and Canada at least.

For many people who don’t have much money, insurance, or a very active sex life, being on long-term or mentally taxing birth control is not reasonable. However, reliable contraception is a must because in the words of Salt-N-Pepa: And why not? Everybody have sex; I mean, everybody should be makin’ love.

When packing a bug out bag, The Morning After Pill is a must in case of urges (or the urges of others). Typically, this one-dose innovation runs about $40 which doesn’t seem like a bargain until you contemplate the cost of abortion or uncontrolled birth.

On the bright side, AfterPill is a generic that is just as effective as the brand-name but only costs $20 with $5 shipping (package of 3 is still just $5 shipping) – Shipping is never expedited so it’s meant to have handy in case of emergency.

Birth Control Options Now and “Later”

Can You start after SHTF?

Does it take up space?

Do you have to worry about it?

Can you trade it?

Will it last?

IUD **** 3-5 years
Requires a doctor to administer In the body 99% effective; but what to do after expiration? Requires a doctor to administer
IMPLANT *** up to 3 years
Requires a doctor to administer In the body 99% effective; but what to do after expiration? (easier to access–in arm) Requires a doctor to administer
THE SHOT ***** 12 to 14 weeks
Requires a doctor to administer In the body 94% effective; must stay on schedule or else. Requires a doctor to administer
THE RING ** *** *** * 3 weeks
Requires sterile hands somewhat bulky 91% effective; sterility shareable
THE PATCH * ** ** ** 3 weeks
91% effective shareable
THE PILL * *** ** ** 12 months after they’re made
somewhat bulky; less if removed from packaging 91% effective and needs to be taken at the same time every day or efficacy diminishes shareable; but not requires planning as 1 pack is only good for 1 month [*]the expiration date is printed on the actual birth control package by the manufacturer that is an expiration date for the pharmacy. The actual medication is good for a year after that.
DIAPHRAGM ** * ** * 1 – 3 years
Usually requires a fitting appointment to determine size –Single size diaphragms that do not require fitting also exist. you only need the one 88% effective; sterility kind of shareable– but it’s been inside your vagina…
CONDOM * ** * **** 3-5 years
88% effective; condoms that are spermicidally lubricated by the manufacturer have a shorter shelf life and may cause urinary-tract infections in women shareable; hold water
INTERNAL CONDOM * **** * *** 2 years
bulky 79% effective; allergies kind of shareable– but most people might think it’sodd
CERVICAL CAP * * * * up to 12 months
you only need the one 71-86% effective kind of shareable– but it’s been inside your vagina…
FERTILITY AWARENESS * * ** Until you lose track of time
76% effective
SPONGE * *** ** **
somewhat bulky 76-88% effective kind of shareable– but most people might think it’sodd
SPERMICIDE * ** * ***
somewhat bulky 71% effective; allergies shareable; also the container might be useful
WITHDRAWAL * ** Until you lose track of time
trust; self-control; clean-up
STERILIZATION * Forever -ever.
In the body 99% effective
“NOT RIGHT NOW” * * Until you lose track of time
100% effective; trust; self-control;
EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION * ** * ***** 20-24 months
slight space; less if removed from packaging 85% – 95% (effectiveness increases with proximity to intercourse) shareable

SOURCES:
thenationalcampaign.org
plannedparenthood.org
bedsider.org

tavia.

My parents let me watch and read way too much science fiction and fantasy when I was a child. Now that I'm grown, I'm bored and I can't wait for SkyNet to awaken or the super-virus to cull the human population. I'll be safe because I've learned to reason with robots from Data and the Terminator franchise... and I eat gummy vitamins by the fist-full.

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