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Why educating teenagers about barrier contraception is important

Updated on: 02 December,2023 02:53 PM IST  |  Mumbai
mid-day online correspondent |

Making informed decisions about sexual health can be life-shaping for teenagers. Barrier contraception methods can be a powerful tool for those navigating the complex world of sexual health

Why educating teenagers about barrier contraception is important

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Contraception and its various kinds are complex to understand. It involves a spectrum of choices that cater to different bodies, lifestyles, and requirements. While adults may be able to circle in on the best contraception method that suits them, it is essential to educate teenagers about the suitable contraception for them. 


Dr Surabhi Siddhartha, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, at Motherhood Hospital, Kharghar digs deep into contraception for teenagers and how they must make the right choice.   


Barrier contraception methods can be a powerful tool for teenagers navigating the complex world of sexual health. From daily birth control pills and patches to long-lasting intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants, there is an option tailored specifically in consideration of a teenager`s convenience and comfort. 


The contraceptive ring offers monthly protection while barrier methods like condoms, both external and internal, not only prevent pregnancies but also safeguard against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). They are also an essential double protector for those getting started with their sexual journey.

Unlike systemic birth control remedies, barrier philosophies emphasise prevention rather than intervention (they halt pregnancy by physically preventing sperm from meeting the egg). They help shield teens from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) — an aspect crucial to consider in an era when cases are on the rise among youngsters.

Understanding various barrier options also empowers teenagers to take control of their sexual health. Condoms, for instance, are over-the-counter items that require no prescription and come in many varieties.

Diaphragms or cervical caps can give females more command over their contraceptive processes beyond relying on a male partner`s willingness to put on a condom. Instilling knowledge about these choices helps teenagers make responsible decisions.

The key here is open discussions about contraception options within safe environments, debunking myths, confronting misconceptions, and equipping teens with knowledge that functions as their shield and helps them embrace safe sex with confidence. 

Making informed decisions about sexual health can be life-shaping for teenagers. Integrating this conception of wisdom into education opens up a portal for teens to attain growth and evolve into respectful guardians of their physical well-being. 

This infusion could greatly mitigate incidents related to teenage pregnancies or sexually transmitted diseases that disrupt not just individuals but society itself. So, refining and enhancing conception knowledge among teens essentially translates into a healthier, more informed generation. 

It is a good idea for teenagers to seek the advice of an expert in case of any doubts or misconceptions. Do not just choose any conception option just because your friends are opting for it.

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