Your guide to having the greenest sex possible (while using protection)
Obviously contraception is important if you don’t want a baby or risk getting STDs, so we’re not suggesting for one minute you prioritise the planet over your family planning or sexual health. However, there are choices you can make that are a little greener.
(Caveat: We’re only talking environment here, people. Always speak to a doc about what’s best for your body and sexual sitch.)
Standard condoms, quelle surprise, rank pretty low on the eco contraception list; plastic, one-use and thrown in the bin (… NEVER toilet). But there are other options:
IUDs a.k.a Intrauterine Devices a.k.a ‘The Coil’
What are they? An implant, with or without hormones, which is inserted into the woman’s uterus and can be effective for up to 12 years.
Planet points? 9.5/10
What are they? Like a normal condom, but made from natural latex (which is biodegradable). Try the game-changing brand Loveability, which sells ‘F*ckboy Repellent’ too.
Planet points? 6/10
What are they? Oral contraception that release synthetic hormones to stop the ovaries releasing an egg, and therefore halts the building up of the uterine lining. So far, so eco-friendly, apart from the packaging — however, excess oestrogen is then released into the water supply in urine, which can affect humans and animals.
Planet points? 7/10
FAMs a.k.a Fertility Awareness Methods
What are they? They are apps (usually) that track individual cycles and fertility, so can work out when it’s possible to have sex and not become pregnant. As you’re going barrier-free, there’s no protection against STDs and, to be totally clear that this: FAMs have come under heavy criticism in recent years for lack of reliability. Not for everyone; especially if you tend to err on the casual side with your contraceptive diligence.
Planet points? 10/10
Always speak to a doctor or family planning expert when deciding what form of contraception is best for you.
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