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Which Method Of Contraception Really Suits You? Check It Now

Which Method Of Contraception Really Suits You? Check It Now

While a lot of people learn from experience, reviewing different methods of contraception with both pros and cons listed will help make the process of finding the right contraceptive method for you easier (as well as faster). Let’s dive in.

Method 1: The Pill

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    This method is super popular. Taking pills every day will prevent your ovaries from ovulating (also known as releasing an egg), while additionally, the hormones found in these pills will make it extremely difficult for sperm to reach an egg that might have slipped through.

    Two types of pills that you’re able to take each day are:

    The pill isn’t for everyone, however. Make sure you check out the pros and cons listed below.

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    Pros:

    If you’re great at following a set schedule, these methods will help you tremendously. These pills are also known to soothe period cramps, treat heavy periods, and can sometimes treat endometriosis.

    Cons:

    While these pills are known to treat many things (see above list), they can also be quite dangerous. If you forget to take a pill one day, you can suffer from some pretty awful side-effects, which include (but are not limited to) vomiting, diarrhea, and sometimes pregnancy. The pills need to be taken at the same time each and every day to be at their most effective to prevent pregnancy. Moreover, these pills don’t prevent you from getting STDs.

    Method 2: Condoms

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      There are two types of condoms: female ones and males ones.

      Pros:

      Condoms are super easy to apply! All you have to do is break open the wrapper, put it on, and go to town. You insert them and when you’re finished, you simply pull them out and throw them in the garbage.

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      Cons:

      A lot of the time we lose ourselves before sex. We get so caught up in the moment that we forget to put on a condom (or insert a diaphragm or cap). Not using contraceptives can, and a lot of the time will, result in pregnancy. Some people also do not find pleasure while having sex with a condom on, but can’t always rely on the “pull-out method”. Condoms can break easily, too. If you forget to put spermicide on the diaphragm or cap before inserting it, the sperm will not be killed. This can also result in pregnancy.

      Method 3: Rings

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        Vaginal ring is a small, soft plastic ring to place inside the vagina. The vaginal ring stays inside of you for 21 days (you must take it out while you have your period), and then you insert a new one for another 21 days.

        The ring releases oestrogen and progestogen which prevents ovulation (release of an egg). This makes it difficult for sperm to get to an egg and thins the womb lining, so it’s less likely that an egg will implant there.

        Pros:

        With contraceptive methods like these, you can go as long as a few weeks without worrying about anything.

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        Cons:

        The vaginal ring has been known to cause blood clots (in rare cases). If you forget to take the vaginal ring out after 21 days, you’ll have to go to your doctor immediately to receive emergency contraception.

        Method 4: Implants & IUDs

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          If you don’t want to worry about taking a pill every day, getting a shot (or removing a ring) every month, or using a condom every time you have sex, these methods are for you. As long as you remember to check in with your doctor every few years, these contraceptive methods will work wonders for you.

          Some long-term contraceptive methods include:

          Because you’ll have these inside of you for years, it’s good to know what the pros and cons to these are.

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          Pros:

          You don’t have to do anything for, well, years! This is great for people who have a hectic schedule and can’t remember to go to the doctor every few months or take a pill at a certain time each day. If you don’t want to be pregnant for a while (or simply don’t want kids at all), these methods are ideal for you.

          Cons:

          Some people who have used these contraceptive methods have been known to get infections in (and around) the area where it was originally implanted. These infections are of course treatable, but you’ll be in some pain for a little while. These methods can also cause high fevers, pain in your lower abdomen, and smelly discharge. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s best to go to your doctor right away.

          Final Verdict

          Whichever method you choose, make sure that it will fit your day-to-day schedule. Be sure to stay on top of it and go to your doctor if you feel any pain or discomfort right away.

          What methods have you used in the past? Did you ever experience negative side effects from these methods? Let us know in the comments below! Be sure to share this with your friends and family members, too!

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          7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

          7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

          The popular idiomatic saying that “actions speak louder than words” has been around for centuries, but even to this day, most people struggle with at least one area of nonverbal communication. Consequently, many of us aspire to have more confident body language but don’t have the knowledge and tools necessary to change what are largely unconscious behaviors.

          Given that others’ perceptions of our competence and confidence are predominantly influenced by what we do with our faces and bodies, it’s important to develop greater self-awareness and consciously practice better posture, stance, eye contact, facial expressions, hand movements, and other aspects of body language.

          Posture

          First things first: how is your posture? Let’s start with a quick self-assessment of your body.

          • Are your shoulders slumped over or rolled back in an upright posture?
          • When you stand up, do you evenly distribute your weight or lean excessively to one side?
          • Does your natural stance place your feet relatively shoulder-width apart or are your feet and legs close together in a closed-off position?
          • When you sit, does your lower back protrude out in a slumped position or maintain a straight, spine-friendly posture in your seat?

          All of these are important considerations to make when evaluating and improving your posture and stance, which will lead to more confident body language over time. If you routinely struggle with maintaining good posture, consider buying a posture trainer/corrector, consulting a chiropractor or physical therapist, stretching daily, and strengthening both your core and back muscles.

          Facial Expressions

          Are you prone to any of the following in personal or professional settings?

          • Bruxism (tight, clenched jaw or grinding teeth)
          • Frowning and/or furrowing brows
          • Avoiding direct eye contact and/or staring at the ground

          If you answered “yes” to any of these, then let’s start by examining various ways in which you can project confident body language through your facial expressions.

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          1. Understand How Others Perceive Your Facial Expressions

          A December 2020 study by UC Berkeley and Google researchers utilized a deep neural network to analyze facial expressions in six million YouTube clips representing people from over 140 countries. The study found that, despite socio-cultural differences, people around the world tended to use about 70% of the same facial expressions in response to different emotional stimuli and situations.[1]

          The study’s researchers also published a fascinating interactive map to demonstrate how their machine learning technology assessed various facial expressions and determined subtle differences in emotional responses.

          This study highlights the social importance of facial expressions because whether or not we’re consciously aware of them—by gazing into a mirror or your screen on a video conferencing platform—how we present our faces to others can have tremendous impacts on their perceptions of us, our confidence, and our emotional states. This awareness is the essential first step towards

          2. Relax Your Face

          New research on bruxism and facial tension found the stresses and anxieties of Covid-19 lockdowns led to considerable increases in orofacial pain, jaw-clenching, and teeth grinding, particularly among women.[2]

          The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that more than 10 million Americans alone have temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ syndrome), and facial tension can lead to other complications such as insomnia, wrinkles, dry skin, and dark, puffy bags under your eyes.[3])

          To avoid these unpleasant outcomes, start practicing progressive muscle relaxation techniques and taking breaks more frequently throughout the day to moderate facial tension.[4] You should also try out some biofeedback techniques to enhance your awareness of involuntary bodily processes like facial tension and achieve more confident body language as a result.[5]

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          3. Improve Your Eye Contact

          Did you know there’s an entire subfield of kinesic communication research dedicated to eye movements and behaviors called oculesics?[6] It refers to various communication behaviors including direct eye contact, averting one’s gaze, pupil dilation/constriction, and even frequency of blinking. All of these qualities can shape how other people perceive you, which means that eye contact is yet another area of nonverbal body language that we should be more mindful of in social interactions.

          The ideal type (direct/indirect) and duration of eye contact depends on a variety of factors, such as cultural setting, differences in power/authority/age between the parties involved, and communication context. Research has shown that differences in the effects of eye contact are particularly prominent when comparing East Asian and Western European/North American cultures.[7]

          To improve your eye contact with others, strive to maintain consistent contact for at least 3 to 4 seconds at a time, consciously consider where you’re looking while listening to someone else, and practice eye contact as much as possible (as strange as this may seem in the beginning, it’s the best way to improve).

          3. Smile More

          There are many benefits to smiling and laughing, and when it comes to working on more confident body language, this is an area that should be fun, low-stakes, and relatively stress-free.

          Smiling is associated with the “happiness chemical” dopamine and the mood-stabilizing hormone, serotonin. Many empirical studies have shown that smiling generally leads to positive outcomes for the person smiling, and further research has shown that smiling can influence listeners’ perceptions of our confidence and trustworthiness as well.

          4. Hand Gestures

          Similar to facial expressions and posture, what you do with your hands while speaking or listening in a conversation can significantly influence others’ perceptions of you in positive or negative ways.

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          It’s undoubtedly challenging to consciously account for all of your nonverbal signals while simultaneously trying to stay engaged with the verbal part of the discussion, but putting in the effort to develop more bodily awareness now will make it much easier to unconsciously project more confident body language later on.

          5. Enhance Your Handshake

          In the article, “An Anthropology of the Handshake,” University of Copenhagen social anthropology professor Bjarke Oxlund assessed the future of handshaking in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic:[8]

          “Handshakes not only vary in function and meaning but do so according to social context, situation and scale. . . a public discussion should ensue on the advantages and disadvantages of holding on to the tradition of shaking hands as the conventional gesture of greeting and leave-taking in a variety of circumstances.”

          It’s too early to determine some of the ways in which Covid-19 has permanently changed our social norms and professional etiquette standards, but it’s reasonable to assume that handshaking may retain its importance in American society even after this pandemic. To practice more confident body language in the meantime, the video on the science of the perfect handshake below explains what you need to know.

          6. Complement Your Verbals With Hand Gestures

          As you know by now, confident communication involves so much more than simply smiling more or sounding like you know what you’re talking about. What you do with your hands can be particularly influential in how others perceive you, whether you’re fidgeting with an object, clenching your fists, hiding your hands in your pockets, or calmly gesturing to emphasize important points you’re discussing.

          Social psychology researchers have found that “iconic gestures”—hand movements that appear to be meaningfully related to the speaker’s verbal content—can have profound impacts on listeners’ information retention. In other words, people are more likely to engage with you and remember more of what you said when you speak with complementary hand gestures instead of just your voice.[9]

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          Further research on hand gestures has shown that even your choice of the left or right hand for gesturing can influence your ability to clearly convey information to listeners, which supports the notion that more confident body language is readily achievable through greater self-awareness and deliberate nonverbal actions.[10]

          Final Takeaways

          Developing better posture, enhancing your facial expressiveness, and practicing hand gestures can vastly improve your communication with other people. At first, it will be challenging to consciously practice nonverbal behaviors that many of us are accustomed to performing daily without thinking about them.

          If you ever feel discouraged, however, remember that there’s no downside to consistently putting in just a little more time and effort to increase your bodily awareness. With the tips and strategies above, you’ll be well on your way to embracing more confident body language and amplifying others’ perceptions of you in no time.

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