Can Birth Control Prevent STDs?
Being sexually active comes with its risks. And we all know the risks include pregnancy and contracting STDs. Many people believe that birth control can protect you from both pregnancy and STDs. “Thank god for birth control!” Right? Well… unfortunately that’s not always the case! Although there are many types of contraceptives available, they aren’t all effective in preventing STDs.
Hormonal Birth Control
Hormonal birth control methods release hormones into the body to prevent a woman from ovulating, meaning it will prevent her eggs from releasing for fertilization. Without fertilization, pregnancy can’t happen. However, hormonal methods do NOT protect against STDs because there is still skin to skin contact or direct contact with bodily fluids (which is how STDs are contracted/spread). Examples of hormonal contraceptives include the pill, the ring, the shot, and the patch. These methods are also only available for women.
Barrier Birth Control
Barrier birth control methods on the other hand, act as a “barrier” or a wall to prevent the sperm from reaching the egg. These types of contraceptives are available to both men and women and include female condoms, male condoms, and cervical caps. They can also prevent STDs. However, the most effective barrier method in preventing STDs are condoms.
How Effective Are Condoms?
The reason that condoms are the most reliable form of birth control that protect against STDs is because they protect from both skin to skin contact AND direct contact with bodily fluids. Condoms can protect against pregnancy, but they’re not as successful as other types of birth control. Therefore, if you want the best protection against both pregnancy and STDs, condoms should always be used along with your preferred method of birth control.
When used correctly, condoms are 98-99% effective in preventing STDs and 98% effective in preventing pregnancy. Condoms don’t provide absolute protection, and the only way to be 100% risk-free is to refrain from sex. We know – Where’s the fun in that!? However, condoms are still the most reliable birth control method in preventing STDs.
Now that you know the truth behind birth control and STDs, we hope that you’re skipping on down to your doctor’s office to discuss your birth control options and picking up a pack of condoms on your way back home.
At besafemeds, we care about your sexual health and aim to clear up all of your sex and STD questions. If you suspect you have an STD, contact besafemeds for affordable, quick, and discreet STD treatment.‹ Back to Blog