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Women are expected to take care of all contraception needs because hey, they are the ones who get pregnant and why should a man care? Here’s a woman pulling up her partner.
During my undergraduate days in medical school, we were taught about endless list of contraceptives, their pros and cons, why some work better while some are just in their experimental stage. For listing purposes, the theory was fancy and an ideal contraceptive was a still a dream.
However, at that time I was still unaware of the practical issues of the above.
Marriage and childbirth have taught me a few lessons of my own.
My womb has already taken the bashing of transvaginal ultrasounds, overdistension due to twins, a Caesarean section, a second trimester haemorrhage, multiple stitches to seal the bleeding vessels, stitch line granulomas and finally an excision biopsy to put things to place.
But this is not my scenario alone, every woman has had a lot to undergo thanks to her built-in oven and store of eggs. We may bake a bun in it or not, our wombs are forever working hard and our bodies have perpetually been toiling from the same.
As a consequence of a lot of pondering, I have come to a conclusion that we women are doing our part (even if we sometimes wish we don’t want to), so dear men – it’s time for you to man up and use condoms, because we’ve had enough.
Use condoms because contraception is your responsibility too.
Use condoms because you are anatomically blessed to ward off urine infections but alas, we aren’t .
Use condoms because pleasure is important for both and something that irks us later can never be enjoyable.
Use condoms because they are easy, safe, convenient and rampantly available.
Use condoms because they don’t make you any less of a man.
Use condoms because my womb is not your trash can.
Also, dear women, ask him to use one because your health is primarily your own responsibility.
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Dr. Mansi Bajaj Malik , founder of Friday Night Column , is a physician by profession and
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