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Lambeth, Southwark, and Lewisham councils together commissioned ‘Love Sex Life’ on the 1st of April 2020 with the aim of scrutinizing Black and Minority Ethnic sexual and reproductive health under a wider lens and increasing awareness of sexual and reproductive services available in these boroughs.

The Love Sex Life Partnership is led by Brook, Shape History and Blueprint for All (formerly known as the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust) as well as a number of organisations and local community members who believe in an inclusive and culturally specific way of doing sexual health.

Love Sex Life aims to address the inequality in Black and ethnic minority sexual health, with a focus on black African and Caribbean communities.

Question 1: Withdrawal (pulling out before ejaculating/cumming) is an effective way to avoid getting pregnant.

Answer: False. Studies have shown that almost 1 in 3 couples choosing this method are pregnant after a year.

Question 2: Using an emergency IUD does not guarantee against pregnancy.

Answer: True. The emergency IUD is the most effective method of emergency contraception and more effective than emergency contraceptive pills. However, the overall risk of getting pregnant depends upon the timing of ovulation. An emergency IUD is almost 100% effective in preventing unintended pregnancy if it is fitted in the appropriate time interval (5 days) after unprotected sex.

Question 3: Long acting contraception methods like the IUD, IUS and contraceptive implant mean that I don’t have to worry about forgetting but also mean that I can’t get my periods back if I want to try for a baby.

Answer: False. You do not lose control using these methods because they are reversible. This means that your fertility will return to normal when they are removed. This is also why they are known as Long Acting Reversible Contraception methods (LARCs).

Question 4: Wearing two condoms will make it safer when having sex.

Answer: False. Wearing two condoms can cause the condoms to split due to the friction between the two surfaces.

Question 5: Besides the condom, which is another barrier method of birth control?

Answer: The answer is Diaphragm.The diaphragm is available by prescription. It prevents sperm from entering the uterus. It is put in place before having sex and left in place for at least 6 hours afterward. It is used with a spermicide designed for diaphragms. It works less well for women who have had a vaginal birth, the FDA says. This is because childbirth stretches the cervix and vagina, making it more difficult to achieve and maintain a correct fit.

Question 6: Which of these is a possible side effect of birth control pills?

Answer: The answer is All of the above. Other common side effects are breast tenderness and depression. Side effects usually decrease with time, as your body adjusts to the hormones. Birth control pills must be taken every day to be effective. They provide the hormones estrogen and progestin, hormones similar to those that a woman’s body produces naturally. The hormones prevent ovulation and make the womb less receptive to pregnancy. Birth control pills do not protect against STIs. Hormones also can be injected to provide contraception, implanted in the skin, or placed on the skin with a special patch. Hormone injections are given every 3 months. The implant provides contraception for 3 years. The skin patch is replaced every week. Low-dose contraceptives now available have fewer side effects than do earlier versions, the FDA says. Women older than 35 who smoke and women with certain health conditions, such as a history of blood clots, breast cancer, or endometrial cancer, should talk with their healthcare provider before taking birth control pills. These forms of contraception may increase the risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, and blood clots.

Question 7: What do external condoms offer that other forms of birth control do not?

Answer: The answer is Best protection against STIs. Except for abstinence, latex condoms provide the best protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as AIDS and herpes. One drawback to condoms is that in some people, they may cause irritation or an allergic reaction (to the latex). Condoms are available over the counter and are used once, then thrown away.

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Join us for Black History month!

Another amazing opportunity for you to get involved is for our Black History Month event: Black Love, Sex, Life Matters!

This Black History Month we’re running not one, not two, but THREE exhibition events across Lambeth, Southwark, and Lewisham to share in the joys of Black History Month. We can’t wait to see you there!

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