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OH SEXY THING

Have you ever been told your body is a temple, treat it with respect?  What does this mean?  Does it enter into your “sexdecision?  Why is premarital sex such a big decision and not sex in general?  Marriage makes the decision moot.  Is there a single religion doctrine with the marriage directive to not have sex with your spouse?  The opportunity for premarital sex is a decision faced by many.   It is your decision. 

 Now that you are over 18 if you are going to have premarital sex, then pregnancy is probably an issue in your decision.  So let’s look at birth control and birth control methods.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has summarized the effectiveness of birth control methods.  Table 1 presents the FDA information for some popular birth control methods. 

 

Table 1. Pregnancy probability of various birth control methods 

 

Method

 

Pregnancy %Typical Usage

Approximate pregnancy chance for typical use

 

Pregnancy,  % Lowest Expected

Hormonal Methods

 

 

 

Implant (Norplant)

0.09

1 in 1000

0.09

Hormone Shot (Depo-Provera)

0.3

1 in 300

0.3

Combined Pill (Estrogen & Progestin)

5

1 in 20

0.5

Minipill (progestin only)

5

1 in 20

0.5

Barrier Methods

 

 

 

Male Latex Condom

14

1 in 7

3

Diaphragm

20

1 in 5

6

Natural Methods

 

 

 

Withdrawal

19

1 in 5

4

Natural Planning (calendar, temperature, cervical mucus)

 

 

 

No Method

85

9 in 10

85

The foolproof pill has a pregnancy rate or pregnancy probability of 5% or 1 in 20 under typical usage.  Does this surprise you?  It should not as people do get pregnant while on the pill. 

Now consider the premarital sex decision.  Figure 1 shows a decision tree example for this decision.  The level of satisfaction or pleasure must be more with premarital sex then with abstinence from sex or the decision is moot.  Why risk pregnancy if you have no pleasure beyond abstinence?  Look at Figure 1 and put the pregnancy probability of your preferred birth control method from the above table on the decision tree.  Now, are you ready for this risk? 

 

OH NO STD 

What is another concern in premarital sex?  Why sexually transmitted diseases ( STDS )!  You can consider this concern in your decision by using the decision tree in Figure 2.  You just have to determine the outcome probabilities!   First you need to decide on your birth control method.  Then you need to estimate the probability of contracting an STD.  You would just multiple the probabilities together on each branch to see the probability of an outcome.  You would then know your risk of pregnancy and Stds.

How do you estimate the probability of contracting an STD?  Research, research, research!

 

If you are facing premarital sex decision, then there is help. 

 

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