Here are a couple of basic things to remember for when you decide to seek advice from anyone about contraception.

Be assured.

Don’t be embarrassed. Sex is a normal part of life and talking about contraception shows you are taking responsible steps to protect yourself and take charge of your own life.

Be informed.

Take some time to do your research. While you will never have all of the answers, knowing what you are talking about will give you more confidence.

Be assured.

No one can give you sound advice if they don’t know the full situation. This rings especially true for your healthcare provider, so admit your past, your needs, and concerns, and you’ll get the best solutions for you.

How to talk about it with your partner

Get intimate in more than just one way. You’re in this together

If you’re comfortable enough to be sexually intimate with someone, you should be comfortable enough with them to talk about it. If you have any concerns, for example, whether have they been tested or their thoughts on contraception, bring them up.

Don’t be pressured into anything and make sure your mind is at ease before you get yourself into anything you might regret. If they don’t feel the same, you just might be with the wrong partner.

What if you struggle to share your feelings? Then write a letter. It may sound a little old school but it’s one way of getting your point across without nerves, awkwardness, or interruptions getting in the way. Remember, the whole idea is to get the ball rolling on the topic of safe sex.