I am constantly learning new things about my fabulous curves and something I learned recently really made me sit up and listen, so I had to share it with all of you, my fellow curvy ladies.
First of all, I firmly believe that our sexuality is a God-given gift and that we should take every opportunity to enjoy it. I also believe that, in order to embrace that gift, we need to use proper protection if we want to avoid unplanned pregnancies and STDs and, thankfully, there are many, many options available to put our minds at ease.
Having said that, we MUST realize that having our gorgeous curves can alter the effectiveness of some types of birth control, possibly even rendering them useless. Below is a quick overview of the most common types of birth control and whether or not they are affected by body weight.
1. Condoms – They simply block your man’s little soldiers from crossing the threshold in the first place, so their effectiveness is not dependent on your weight at all.
2. Birth control pills – Since the hormone used in most daily birth control pills is similar to the morning-after pill (see # 8 on this list), there is some concern over whether or not it loses its effectiveness in curvy gals.
3. Birth control patch – Although the facts are still being evaluated, the hormones in the patch have to penetrate through more layers of fat to reach our bloodstreams, so most doctors agree that this is not the best way we can avoid an “oopsie”.
4. Hormone IUD – Again, anything that contains hormones is still being evaluated for true effectiveness on larger women.
5. Copper IUD – Since this does not use any hormones but simply deposits small amounts of copper into the uterus, which sperm does not like, its effectiveness is not affected by our weight.
6. Depo Provera injection – Again, anything that contains hormones is still being evaluated for true effectiveness on us. Also, most women, whether they have extra curves or not, usually gain weight from it.
7. Nuvaring – This is an exception to the hormone rule, since the hormones are deposited more locally and do not have to travel through the bloodstream first, so it’s a pretty safe bet for us, as long as you do some wrist stretches first!
8. The “morning-after pill” – Although the facts are still being evaluated, it seems to be that the effectiveness of the hormone levonorgestrel, the active ingredient, decreases in women over 165 pounds and may disappear completely in women over 175 pounds.
If you’re still not sure which method is best for you to avoid mommy-hood before you’re ready, check out the links below and then go say hi to your OB-GYN or pay a visit to your local Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood also has lots of different payment options if money is tight!