Choosing contraception

Choosing contraception

When you are young and in love (or in lust), it probably doesn't seem quite romantic or spontaneous to sit down with your partner and have a chat about contraception before getting all physical.

It may be the responsible thing to do, considering that creating and dealing with another human life (i.e. a baby) is a life-changing experience, but who really thinks about that when your main goal is to please your partner and yourself?

This is of course, not to mention the potential hassle of having to deal with a sexually-transmitted disease (STD), if you or your partner should be so unlucky.

Combine that with a society that is increasingly open in practice, but still mostly caught in the traditional Asian way of perceiving sex, and what we have is a major black hole in terms of contraceptive practices.

Reflecting that are the results of a survey done by pharmaceutical company Bayer Healthcare as part of its Yes! It Takes Two campaign in conjunction with this year's World Contraception Day.

The survey, which spoke to 216 Malaysian men and women aged 20-35, found that one in nine respondents have never discussed contraception with their partners before.

Only slightly over one-fifth of respondents reported that they had discussed the subject with their partners at the beginning of their relationship, while 18.5 per cent revisit the topic annually.

The majority (47.2 per cent) only discuss contraception with their partners when they run out of it.

While nearly 80 per cent of the respondents agreed that it was the responsibility of both partners in the relationship to arrange for birth control, the fear of looking ignorant (16.7 per cent) and the perception that it is not a subject their partner wants to discuss (22.7 per cent) were among two of the reasons chosen for not bringing up the topic with their partners.

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