With the 2012 Summer Olympics in full swing, athletes are competing and apparently having lots of sex. And we aren’t kidding. Preparations for this international event in London included supplying the athletes with approximately 100,000 condoms. This number has become the norm since the 2000 Sydney games where 70,000 Olympian designated condoms ran out.
Just before the games began, officials at the Olympics made final preparations to ensure that all athletes have the option of safe sex during their 2-week stay in London.
We wanted to use this as a moment to talk about the many other forms of contraception. Most people know about condoms and the birth control pill. From there, the options are vast but a bit murky. Do you know what Ortho Evra is? How about the Birth Control Sponge? Do you know the steps to getting an IUD?
Which birth control method is right for you? Contraception can be tailored to your lifestyle. Several organizations have information available on the numerous options out there including Planned Parenthood’s nifty tool, My Method. My Method lets you know which birth control method may work best for you. Simply answer a few questions about your lifestyle and you will get suggestions and detailed information on each method.
Go ahead and try it out. Even if you are happy with your current method, it is a great tool to see what all your options. This is also a great time to re-evaluate your method since insurance companies are beginning to provide coverage for contraceptives with no co-pay as one of the preventive health services covered under the Affordable Care Act.
As always, be sure to remember oral and hormonal contraceptives protect against pregnancy but not sexually transmitted diseases. Since condoms protect against both pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, we are grateful that our Olympians are well stocked with rubbers.