Breakfast in bed, a hand-made card, a lovingly-wrapped gift: these are the kinds of surprises you want on Father’s Day – not a phone call to say “You’re a dad!” when you’re least expecting it.
Being a father is one of life’s most amazing experiences, but if it happens before you’re ready, it can turn your life upside down – not to mention the life of your child. So this Father’s Day, we’re celebrating how not to be a dad until you’re up for the challenge and ready to parent a brand new life.
The easiest and most effective contraception methods for men
Guys, it’s not just the ladies’ responsibility to prevent unplanned parenthood, it’s yours too. And it’s actually a whole lot easier to prevent it than you may think. The two easiest and most effective ways are by using condoms or having a vasectomy.
1. Using a condom
Condoms are a man’s best friend! Nowadays, there’s such a wide variety on the market that you can find a condom to match your exact preferences – from different flavours and textures to latex-free and even vibrating ones. Plus, you can get condoms for free at any health clinic in South Africa.
Never use bags or plastic wrap in place of condoms – they just don’t work – and be sure to put it on properly to prevent any accidents. Why not turn it into sexy foreplay by asking your partner to put it on you? Remember to throw it away after you’ve had sex – there’s no re-using a condom!
2. Getting a vasectomy
If you’re already a dad and you don’t want any more kids, opt for a vasectomy. It’s a permanent method of contraception that involves a minor surgical procedure performed by a doctor. It’s quick, safe and highly effective: Vasectomies offer 99.85% protection against unexpected fatherhood.
The procedure takes just 30 minutes and it involves snipping the vas deferens tubes in the testicles to prevent sperm from mixing with the semen that is ejaculated from the penis. It’s an irreversible procedure which means that once it’s done, you can no longer father any children.
Don’t just leave it up to your partner; get involved and choose the right contraceptive methods together. It’s so easy to protect yourself against unexpected fatherhood, and it means that when the time is right, you’ll get to experience the joy, excitement and pride of being a dad, without the panic.
Unexpected fatherhood can easily be prevented
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