Awkward Birth Control Moments: How To Avoid Them Like The Plague

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Taking birth control pills in your relationship
Leave embarrassing situations behind, and take control of your sexual health.

If you've ever had an embarrassing experience with birth control, you have something in common with just about everyone who's ever had sex. There's no denying it: Birth control can be awkward.

That's why YourTango and Bedsider have teamed up, and we're bringing you some reassuring news: Birth control doesn't have to be awkward. And it shouldn't be — especially when it comes to communicating with your partner. The ability to talk candidly about birth control is crucial to preventing unplanned pregnancy and improving sexual health, especially when you have an active sex life. And this applies to women and men in any love stage — dating, married, divorced — juggling three partners at once!

Don't let an awkward moment or a sense of embarrassment stop you from using the best available birth control methods — and using them the right way, so you can ensure many more sexy moments in your future. Our friends at Bedsider are on a mission to take the shame, awkwardness and stigma out of birth control, one couple at a time. So they gave us some incredibly helpful tips and tricks for ditching the akwardness and making your (safe) sex life as amazing as you always imagined. 

1. Don't spread misinformation. Did you know it's a myth that a guy can be "too big" for a condom? Old wives' tales abound when it comes to birth control stories. Don't embarrass yourself by repeating that cringe-inducing horror story you heard from your friend's friend's sister. It may just be an urban myth. Do your research first. Bedsider.org makes it easy (and fun): Just hunt around their fascinating "fact or fiction" database and watch a few animated shorts. Once you know the cold hard truth, you'll never put your foot in your mouth again.

2. Be a real woman: Carry condoms. Once you've done your homework and boned up (pun intended) on the facts, you're already one step ahead! If things start getting hot and heavy and you're already prepared, your partner might actually be relieved! It's even a little hot knowing you thought ahead. But keep in mind that while all methods can prevent pregnancy, only some will prevent STIs. Start taking charge of your own sexual health!

3. Set (silent) text reminders instead of using an alarm. Nothing — absolutely nothing — is worse than being in class or in a meeting and having your phone alarm go off. Especially when it is distinctly not a ringtone or a text message beep! Your phone doesn't always silence alarms like it does messages or calls, either. Take care of that by letting Bedsider send you a text or email reminder daily, weekly, monthly, whenever! They'll remind you to take your pill or replace your more permanent birth control — and even let you know you need to make a doctor's appointment — all through text message or email alerts. And they’re fun too – with daily notes about sex, relationships, and general fun facts. Here's an example: "Turns out that people are twice as likely to find dates through family and friends instead of through the bar scene. Good to know, now take your pill." Isn't that awesome? No more awkward interruptions that lead to explaining why your alarm went off in the middle of the afternoon. Keep reading...

Ever had an awkward birth control experience? Tell us in the comments below!

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