Ambits in red santa sack for christmas delivery dates

Christmas Delivery Dates

Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas!

It is that time of the year again and hopefully you have made a Christmas list and sent it off to Santa but just in case you are planning on buying something fabulously sexy for someone this Christmas we wanted to remind you of our Christmas delivery dates because we don’t want anyone to get up on Christmas morning and not be gifted their fabulous Godemiche toy because the postman didn’t bring it in time

Below are our final order dates depending on where you are in the world if you want to be sure that your package gets to you in time for the festive season.

5th December – Australia, China

10th December – USA, France, Italy, Canada

13th December UK, Germany, Poland, Ireland, Spain

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Colourflage Group

Introducing the new MK and Colourflage Collections

We love colour; Fabulous, attention grabbing, wonderful colour is what we do.

If you think about it colour is very personal, some you like, others you do not and some you absolutely love. We all have our favourites though whether that be the clothes we wear, the colour we paint our homes or the sex toys we buy. Colour can be way of expressing yourself, feelings, tastes, fashion and at Godemiche we have always wanted to give people the biggest, brightest and most creative pot of colours to be choose from.

Every now and then we have an idea that makes us go wow, OMFG this would be amazing! How do we do it? We have to do it! Lets do it! Yes that is a real life Adam conversation.

From a single idea we started experimenting with different colours, pouring them to see if we could replicate the well known camouflage patterns in our silicone dildos. The answer as you will see is yes and from that one single idea these two new fabulous colour collections were born.

The MK Collection

The MK collection is inspired by the traditional military camouflage colours. These distinctive and well known colours blend to form irregular shapes, patterns that are instantly recognizable. There are 5 different colour mixes in this collection.

MK1 DPM – Inspired by one of the oldest and most well-known camouflage colourings it is the traditional mixture of browns and woodland green.

MK2 Woodlands – Inspired by the AOR-2 colours developed by the US Navy the the MK2 Woodlands is a mixture of greens and cream.

MK3 Urban – Inspired by Urban camouflage and its many different iterations, for the MK3 Urban we went with different shades of grey and black.

MK4 Snow – Inspired by the clean and crisp look of the snow camouflage. The MK4 Snow is shades of white through to black.

MK5 Desert – Inspired by the AOR-1 the MK5 desert colour way is packed with different shaded of brown, form a dark coffee to a creamy caramel.

The Colourflage Collection

Colourflage is the like that graffiti covered urban street that is full of character, oozing rebellious vibes.

Love the camouflage patterns but not so keen on the standard colours associated with it? Then this range has been designed just for you as it takes the irregular shapes and unique patterns that is distinctive to camouflage and blends them in your favourite colours. Four shades of each colour to be precise from light to dark, all hand mixed and poured ensuring that each one will be it’s own unique creation

It’s still that amazing camouflage pattern just more colourful and funky!

The Colourflage range comes in a choice of 7 different colours: Red, Pink, Blue, Purple, Yellow, Green, Orange.

We are super proud of this new collection and can’t wait to find out what you all think about it. We would be fibbing if we said we didn’t have out favourites but what we are really interested in is finding out which ones are your favourites?

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MK and Colourflage Twitter Giveaway

To celebrate the launch of our two new colour ranges, MK and Colourflage, we are having a massive 24 hour Twitter giveaway and every single one of you is invited. There is a huge pile of prizes to be won over the giveaway period and all you have to do is follow and Retweet using the various hashtags that will change as the giveaway progresses to be in with a chance of winning one of the many voucher codes or one of the toys from our sexy new range.

So how is this going to work?

When each new follower count milestone is reached we will draw the prizes who have entered in that first section and then we will move onto the next section. The more followers the more prizes that get unlocked and you can enter as many times as you like throughout all the different stages.

Over the 24 hour giveaway there is a maximum of 50 £10 gift cards and 8 products to be given away over 5 stages. Each of the five stages are sectioned as new followers and when one has been reached the prize draw will begin with the winners being announced live.

So stage one, the hashtag will be #PinkColourflage and once we reach 250 new followers that will unlock the prizes for that level which are 5 x £10 gift cards and 1 Adam 8 inch Pink Colourflage, then we move straight into stage two and so on.

The five stages are:

Stage one 0 to 250 new followers #Pinkcolourflage – 5 x £10 gift cards, 1 Adam 8inch Pink Colour Colourflage

Stage two 251 to 500 new followers  #Purplecolourflage – 5 x £10 gift cards, 1 Adam 8inch Purple Colourflage.

Stage three 501 to 750 new followers #MK1Collection – 10 x £10 gift cards, 1 Adam 8inch MK1

Stage four 751 to 1,000 new followers #MK5Collection – 15 x £10 gift cards, 1 Adam 8 MK5

Stage five 1,000+ new followers #RedColourflage #MK2Collection #BlueColourflage
#GreenColourflage – 15 x £10 gift cards, 4 Adam 8 inch MK2, Red Colourflage, Blue Colourflage, Green Colourflage

Once each stage has been reached a report will be created from that sections hashtag and an online number generator will be used to select winners from that list. All winners must follow @GSilicone and have retweeted a giveaway post. In each draw the products will be awarded first and then the gift-cards

The giveaway will start at 9pm UK time on Thursday 15th November and run until 9pm UK time on Friday 16th November 2018

Terms and Conditions

1. Competition will run from 9pm on Thursday 15th November and run until 9pm on Friday 16th November 2018 (UK time)
2. The competition is open world wide
3. Winner will be drawn at random from the list generated using the hastag for that given period of the giveaway.
4. The winner will be notified on Twitter and will have 1 week to claim their prize.
5. The competition is open to anyone as long as they follow and retweet the hashtag.
6. Entrance can enter all giveaways but a maximum of one gift card and one Adam 8inch can be won by any one person.
7. All winners will be announced on twitter. The winners will be required to contact Godemiche  by direct message on twitter or by email (adam@g-silicone.com) with further information such as delivery address etc.
8. All items will be posted free of charge anywhere in the world, its your responsibility to ensure your country does not consider adult toys as contraband. The items will be sent using standard post, should a winner like the items tracked & signed then a fee of £8 will be charged. This charge is to be paid before the item is sent.
9. The Gift cards are only good on that are not on sale.
10. The follower stages are subject to change during the giveaway as we monitor how numbers go so that we definitely get to give away some of the prizes

 

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Transgender flag for stand and fight post

Stand and Fight by Iscah Eve

I’ve always struggled with belonging. It’s part of what makes me, me, I guess… a constant suspicion that something isn’t right about who I am, or what I’m doing, or even why things happen in my life. Yet a much larger part of me, frankly, doesn’t care how uncomfortable I am and acts in complete defiance of those thoughts.

Understanding womanhood has been no different for me. I am a woman, a beautiful, resilient, strong one, but finding my place in womanhood often comes with challenges, ergo my appearance, my attitude, my strength and career, and an often perilous unwillingness to give up in the pursuit of improvement and happiness.

In the real world, I’m a transgender active duty service member, so I must disclose to you, readers, that the opinions expressed in this article are my own and do not reflect the view of the Department of Defense or the United States government.

As a federal employee, the intent of the proposed transgender memorandum written by the Department of Health and Human Services effect me personally. Despite having changed my gender completely on every legal document discerning of who I am, I’ve become increasingly at risk of losing that identity by a crusade set on seeing me removed. First they came for my career and now they come to erase the possibility of my existence in the first place by removing ‘gender’ from the equation. It’s easier to get rid of something when you kill the roots and all of that.

So, perhaps the most inclusive form of womanhood that I’ve experienced so far has been the consistent attacks against it.

The first time I realized this was in a pretty big way, when my white, male doctor tried to warn me that by taking “women’s hormones”, specifically, as a “man taking women’s hormones”, I’d go crazy, yet, he vocalized that how supportive he was of me being transgender and of me transitioning. He couldn’t explain “how” I’d become more crazy, and finally found a way to vocalize his concern by saying “Well, you know how women are. You’ll be like that.”

It hit me like a slap to the face I guess. I wanted to ‘be like that’, I looked up to women and prayed about being just like them, in every possible way, for so long. His perception of women was that, as a normal, they were crazy. This was just a different way to say that ‘women are hysterical’ by someone who I thought ought know and care more, someone educated and privileged and, in that moment, directly and ideologically in charge of my wellbeing. He didn’t stay my doctor for long after this.

One of the more surreal experiences was the loss of friendships. Coming out wasn’t hard for me, I did it one day during roll call pretty early after the Air Force’s iteration of guidance for transgender service members, and for all intents and purposes, it was a positive experience for me. There was a very small scattering of disparaging comments from some of the more brazen civilian employees, but not a single one of my brothers and sisters made me feel unwelcome, with a bare minimum of inappropriate questions that were handled in a professional, calm manner… that is, until many months later when they felt emboldened.

Twitter has, a lot of the time, brought to me some of the best friendships and joy I’ve had in my only sort of young life. So it came with a lot of sadness when I saw a tweet by my oh so loving elected leader from this favourite social community of mine that I was suddenly and abruptly ‘not welcome, capable, or worth being’ in my career. I was pulled into an office that morning to asked, as all good First Sergeants do, if I was okay and if I could work or needed time off. I could work, but of course I wasn’t okay.

Not all of my once supportive coworkers remained supportive. “Well, of course he’d ban it. If you’re born with a dick you’re a man, why should the taxpayer be responsible for you to cut off your pecker?” was the very first comment I heard about it, said someone I never expected. More of this said differently with the same underlying meaning from increasingly empowered bigots followed and it wasn’t very clear to my supervision how to handle it, except from my section lead, who put an immediate stop to any and all comments once she overheard an argument from someone who supported me and someone who didn’t. She didn’t care how powerfully they felt about their opinions, I was to be treated with the same respect I had before and that was that, except that it wasn’t. What had been said was said and there wasn’t going to be take backs later, they weren’t disciplined and I was moved somewhere else where the animosity couldn’t be felt in the air.

These people have mostly been silenced in the greater public voice. Uniformed leadership understands that there isn’t room to treat me with disrespect and adversaries are denied a public forum to talk about me negatively to their begrudging dismay, but I’m constantly reminded that the threat looms just around the corner, or that it’s ‘only a matter of time’ for them to be given the freedom to be hateful.

I’m stronger than them, though. I will continue to outlast and stand in defiance of hatred by doing my job and performing at a level that isn’t easily matched by others. I mean, you know how women are, don’t you? If you don’t, this is how we are… we’re strong, capable, and we persist through an existence of continued hatred. Our bodies are constantly being debated by the court of public opinion and courts of law if they even belong to us, our minds are thought to be inferior and our opinions don’t really matter.

This battle, for me, continues here with the Department of Health and Human Services’ transgender memorandum. I am a tall, muscular woman. Taller than most men and certainly built stronger, yet, my body continues to confuse these people who hate me. I face increasing discrimination by the powerful and people temporarily in charge and the discomfort for myself and, certainly, others continues daily. I’m doing the things that need to be done by being the positive metric, but we still need help. Gender exists and cannot be stamped out overnight to further support an agenda that says womanhood is only about your vagina or chromosomes and being a man is all about having a cock. That it’s something that can be defined.

This isn’t just about our bodies. For me, it’s been about overcoming my adversaries and fighting for our rights. It’s been about being ignored, denied, ridiculed, shamed, and so many others. It’s been about living in fear that I won’t get to decide who or what I am, but, it’s also been about being understood by other women. Having my concerns shared and plights acknowledged. Transgender women are women, and transgender men are men.

Get out and vote.  We can and will win this fight together.

ISCAH EVE
WickedWarWitch.com

The author of this piece declined to take the payment for writing this blog post and so we made a donation to a charity of their choice which was Transequality.org

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Let’s go OffBeat

Let us take you OffBeat

Attention!

Calling all penis owners.

It’s time to take a different tack, to go OffBeat and discover a toy that treats your penis like royalty.

Yes that’s right we have developed our first ever toy for your penis and its called OffBeat.

Created from a love of wanking, OffBeat was designed to make using a sex toy more natural while keeping the enhanced sensations that your penis loves. We wanted to design something that was  easy to use and clean, something that you could just throw in to a drawer or even a bag if you are off on your travels.

We wanted to make a toy that would fit in to any lifestyle that would give you personal pleasure when and where you needed it.

BE THE FIRST – launching TBD, sign up to the newsletter now for a super introductory offer on the OffBeat that you won’t want to miss out on!

So lets take a closer look at the key features of OffBeat

Shape

Natural, natural, natural; we wanted the feel to be as natural as possible. Whether you like to wank with two fingers or a whole hand we wanted it to feel as natural as possible against your skin and in your grip so the hourglass shape mimics the way your fingers fall together when masturbating.

Texture

Simple things are often the most effective and in this case the most pleasurable. We are really proud of the raised nubbed texture we have designed, and how it stimulates the shaft and head of the penis. Also the super soft silicone combined with the nubs gives a natural flesh-like feel to the user that we are confident will deliver you with a really fantastic experience.

Size

Our two sizes are because we know people like to masturbate differently. If you like lots of head stimulation, short strokes with twist and turns then the Venti is for you.

If you’re more of a deep long strokes with head stimulation but also like a firm feeling around your shaft, then the Grande is for you.

The only difference between the two sizes is length, the hole is the same size on both.

Fits in to your life

We have created OffBeat to be a thin, streamlined, non-intrusive toy that could fit in to your pocket and is as simple to clean as washing your hands. We’ve designed a toy that we believe both looks and feels good.

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Adam and Monika with a gold number 2 balloon and the words 24h sale 6th July G50

Independence Day Sale #2

Today marks our second Independence day.

It does not mark the day we started trading as Godemiche but the day when we finally left our day jobs and both started working as Godemiche full time. Gone were the days of a regular wage, now it was truly all down to us. Whilst it was a nerve wrecking time it was also hugely exciting for both of us to be our own bosses. All we knew back then was that we wanted to make beautiful, colourful, body safe, affordable toys for people.

Last year it was amazing to realise that we had managed a whole year working for ourselves but this year it feels doubly special because we no longer feel like we are giving this a try but that we have some great extent succeeded in making it a success. Clearly we still very much at the beginning of the Godemiche journey but completing a second year as our own bosses has really helped our confidence and belief in what are doing.

This past year has been one of huge growth for us. We have added new products to our range, we continue to make colours the centre of everything we do and are constantly experimenting with different mixes and combinations. We went to Erofame in Germany and expanded our wholesale business and we have launched our lovely new website/shop to name just a few f the highlights of the last 365 days.

We have a huge list of ideas and plans for the next year too including very exciting new product, new colours, lots more of our guides and tips videos as well as some other secret things we can’t mention just yet but before we move forward with all that we really want to celebrate this last year of Godemiche with you our friends, customers, supports because you really are the heart of what we do. We have always believed that good customer service and a quality product are the core values really of what we do and so as a huge thank you to every one who has helped us along the way we are yet again thanking you and celebrating this special day in the life of our business with a huge 24 hour *50% off Independence sale.

  • The sale will run from midnight 6th July 2018 – midnight 7th July 2018
  • *Strapon harness, candles, Lube, Inspired By Range, gift cards, certificates and shipping are all excluded from the sale
  • To claim your 50% off simply add the code ‘G50’ at the checkout.
  • Please note shipping of products bought in the sale might be slightly slower than usual due to the volume of orders we expect to receive.

We really hope that you will come and celebrate this milestone with us and in the process get yourself a fabulous bargain from our range of products.

Adam and Monika

 

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5 Common Questions About Prostate Sex

When I’m out at fetish markets I regularly get asked all sorts of questions but some of the most common ones asked revolve around anal and prostate play. What starts as a timidly asked question turns in to a cascade of other related questions people have around anal and I am always more than happy to answer them as best I can.

So in a bid to help as many people as we can we have decided to make a series of sex education videos which we will be posting on our YouTube channel over the next few months. We are focusing on the topics YOU most often ask us about starting this week with the all things prostate related.

Here are the 5 most common questions about sex and prostates that I generally get asked… and if you don’t feel like reading skip to the bottom of the page and watch our video for the answers instead.

What is the prostate?

The prostate is a walnut sized gland that is found between the bladder and the penis. It’s also called the p-spot and also the male g-spot.

What does the prostate do?

The prostate creates a fluid that’s found in semen. The fluid is added to the sperm as you ejaculate, think of it as helpfully lubricant that nourishes and helps sperm on it journey.

What is a prostate orgasm like?

Well you know how an orgasm feels, the moment you know your going to cum and it feels like the world slows down, you cum and you just feel relieved and a little spasmie, or is that just me? Anyway a prostate orgasm is just like that but some how amplified more. O an twinkly stars, you can’t forget the twinkling stars you get in your eyes, like with a migraine but intensely pleasurable. And there tends to be more semen produced as well.

How do you get to the prostate?

The easiest way is a finger up the bum. Your can find it by putting a finger up your your bum and curling it up towards your tummy. You don’t have to go very far into your bottom, only one and a half to two inches in. Curling your finger up a little will allow you to feel your prostate through the rectal walls. The prostate itself feels soft, squishy, the size of a walnut and it moves around a little as you try to touch it.

Why is a prostate orgasm so good?

I can tell you how it feels but past that really I can’t give a reason as to why it’s so dam good, it just is. You have to try it to fully know why. Nothing ventured nothing gained, but I’m almost certain that if you do venture and take your time your going to enjoy it.

Do you have a question you would like to ask us? Is there a topic you would like to see us tackle in one of our videos? Leave a comment here and you might just get a video made for you.

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Collection of 6 pride colour dildos for Godemiche auction

With Pride

June is pride month.

The month of June was chosen for LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969 in the USA and as a result many Pride events are held at this time of year including ours.

Pride is about people, real people that are often impacted by discrimination and violence. It is an event to both celebrate all the strides that have been made in the advancement of LGBTQ+ rights and also to continue to highlight the work that needs to be done to ensure that people can live happy, healthy and fulfilling lives no matter who they love.

In the past we are been reluctant to join in with Pride not because we didn’t want to support but because we didn’t know how best to do it. However this year we have finally come up with a campaign that we feel really reflects what we want to do achieve when it comes to Pride and that is for us to do something positive to help and try to raise money for The Albert Kennedy Trust.

“The Albert Kennedy Trust works with 16-25 year old lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people who are homeless or live in a hostile environment.”

Our Pride

So how exactly are we going to do that?

We have made 6 of our beautiful Ambits, each one sporting different pride colours. So we have a Gay Pride, a Transgender, a Bisexual, a Genderqueer, a Pansexual and a Polysexual dildo and we are going to auction them off to you. There is only one of each of the colours making them a truly limited edition Godemiche product.

The auction will run for 7 days starting on Monday 4th June 2018 and ending on Monday 11th June 2018 (at 12.00pm UK time).

Every single penny that we raise from the auction will be going to The Albert Kennedy Trust. We will cover every expense that this auction costs including the cost of shipping each dildo to the final winner because we want to truly support Pride by both raising awareness and money for this important cause.

Bid Now!

So what are you waiting for. Head over to our AUCTION PAGE and place your bid. If you are the winning bidder at the end of the week then you will have 24 hours to pay for your product through paypal and then you will be the proud owner of one of our 6 Pride dildos.

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Total Eclipse of the Heart

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” ~  Maya Angelou

Yes it is the season of looooooove! In the supermarket the greetings card section is dominated with red, there is champagne, chocolates and cuddly toys greeting you as you wander in and soon they will joined by an abundance of red roses. Here at Godemiche though we decided to celebrate Valentines in a slightly different way by offering heart filled sex toys.  We have taken our famous Be My Valentines Red and, for a limited time only we have added 6 additional colours to the collection, pink, blue, green, orange, purple and yellow.

Backet of rainbow love heart plugs

 

All those fabulous colours in any of our products (apart from the Apex) but the big question is which is your favourite. In the office we have been debating this question for the past couple of weeks and we still can’t agree on which is our favourite and so we have decided that we need you to help us make a decision and as a reward one lucky someone will win themselves a toy* of their choosing in one of the Valentines heart colours

So what is your favourite colour in our Be My Valentines ranges, are you romantic for red, bonkers for  the blue, passionate about pink, yearning for the yellow, greedy for the green, pining for the purple or orgasmic about the orange?

Whichever it is we want to hear from you. Declare your love for your favourite colour in the comments below and on the 7th February we will announce which of the Heart Colours got the most mentions and select 1 person at random who listed that colour as their favourite to win a product of their choosing from the Be My Valentines range.

So what are you waiting for? Tell us in the comment section below which of the Valentine colours you are yearning for and don’t forget you are in with a greater chance of winning the more people who vote for your colour so spread the word and tell people why your colour is the best colour and encourage them to come here and tell us.

Terms and Conditions

1. Competition will run from the 30th Jan to midnight on the 5th February 2018 (UK time)
2. The competition is open world wide
3. Winner will be drawn at random from the people who have selected the winning colour. The winning colour being that with the most votes in the comments section of this post.
4. The 1 winners will be notified by email address so make sure you leave a working email when you comment
5. Winner will be notified by the 7th February.
6. Winner will get to indicate if they wish to receive a Adam 6 inch, Adam 8 inch, Ambit, Plug B or Peg in the winning colour.

So what are you waiting for, comment below and tell us which one of the heart colours is the one that rocks your world and maybe it might end up rocking its way to your door as a result!

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

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The Ins and Outs of Contraception

Despite the fact that we tend to teach young people that sex is about reproduction the main reason humans actually have sex is for pleasure. For most people sex for reproduction purposes will be something they do on a number of limited occasions throughout their life and for some people it will be something they never ever do. Clearly the key to worry free pleasurable sex is reducing the risks such as contracting sexually transmitted infections and/or pregnancy.

Your contraception needs will change throughout your life, someone in their late teens or twenties will probably have different needs to someone in their 30’s or 40’s. The type of relationship(s) that someone is in and where they are in terms of having children will be just two of the big factors that will affect the type of contraception that they might choose.

So let’s talk about some of the different types of contraception

Barrier Methods

Caps/Diaphragms

Both caps and diaphragms are inserted into the vagina, along with spermicide, prior to sex. They work by covering the cervix and creating a barrier so that sperm can’t get into the womb. When used correctly they are 92 – 96% effective. The upside of a cap or diaphragm is that they only need to be inserted when you want to have sex and there are no serious health risks or side affects associated with them but clearly one of the major downsides is that they are not conducive to spontaneous sex. They can also take a bit of time to learn how to insert them and they don’t give any protection against contracting STI’s.

Condoms

Male condoms are worn over the penis and create a barrier preventing the sperm from reaching the womb. When used correctly they are 98% effective and they are the ONLY form of contraception that also protects against STI’s.

Female condoms work in the same way as male condoms in that they create a barrier preventing sperm from reaching the womb but instead of being worn over the penis it is inserted inside the vagina. When used correctly they are 95% effective and can help prevent the transmission of many STI’s including HIV.

Hormonal Methods

The Pill

There are two types of contraceptive pill, the Combined Pill and the Progestogen only Pill. They work in slightly different ways but both use hormones to disrupt the female reproduction cycle in some way. If taken regularly they are both 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. The pill is a very convenient method of contraception but there are some medical reasons why some women just can’t use it and there are also some side effects to both types that should be considered.

Contraceptive Implant

The implant is a small flexible tube that is inserted by a doctor or nurse underneath the skin in the upper arm and releases a small amount of progestogen which inhibits the body from releasing an egg from the ovary(s). Unlike the pill it is not reliant on the person remembering to take it and so once inserted has a 99% effective rate. It lasts for 3 years but like all hormone based methods it plus and minus’ that need to be considered.

Contraceptive Injection

In the UK there are different types of contraceptive injection available and depending on which one you have they last somewhere between 8 and 13 weeks. Like many of the other hormone methods they use progestogen and are 99% effective. However they also share many of the side effects of those methods too and you have to go back every 8 – 13 weeks to have another shot.

Contraceptive Patch

The patch is a bit like a nicotine patch that sticks to you and releases the hormones directly into your body through your skin. Each patch lasts for a week, you then replace it with another one for 3 weeks in a row and then you take one week off. The patch is very easy to use but does rely on you remembering when to change it. It is 99% effective when used correctly.

Vaginal Ring

The Vaginal ring is a small, soft, plastic ring that you insert into your vagina and leave there for 21 days. You then remove it and throw it in the bin. 7 days later you insert a new ring. It works by releasing small doses of a combined hormone mix and if used correctly is 99% effective.

Intrauterine methods

IUS

The intrauterine system is a small plastic device that is inserted into your uterus by a medical professional. It releases a small dose of hormone directly into your womb and is 99% effective. It stays in place for 3 to 5 years depending on which one you have. It is an increasingly popular form of long term contraception for women.

IUD

Like the IUS the Intrauterine device is a small plastic and copper device that is inserted into your uterus by a medical professional. Unlike the IUS it does not release hormones but a small dose of copper which changes the make-up of the fluid which inhibits the survival of the sperm and also stops the egg from implanting. There are various different types of IUD available and depending on which one you pick they last between 5 and 10 years.

Natural Family Planning

This is also known as fertility awareness and involves monitoring various factors to determine when your most fertile time of the month is so that you can avoid sexual intercourse during that period. If done correctly it can be 99% effective but due to the imprecise nature of it and the chances for human error the effect rate is probably more like 75%. Clearly, the up side is there are no side effects to this system but the down side is that it is quite labour intensive and can 3 – 6 months to begin to develop a pattern that you rely on.

Permanent Contraception

Female Sterilisation

This involves a surgical procedure that seals or blocks the fallopian tubes therefore preventing eggs from reaching the womb and being fertilised. It is 99% effective and you will never need to worry about contraception again however it does involved having surgery that always comes with a risk and it should also be viewed as permanent and so you need to be absolutely sure that it is the right decision for you.

Vasectomy

Male Sterilisation involves a small procedure that is done under a local anaesthetic where the tube that carries sperm from the testicles to the penis is cut, blocked or sealed. The whole thing takes about 15 minutes and is 99% effective. It is a much easier and less invasive procedure than female sterilisation. For someone who has finished having their family or does not ever want one, it is an ideal long term solution.

How do I pick?

Clearly, that is the key question and the answer is that you should really go and get advice from a professional. What you decide to use will very much depend not just on your current need for contraception but also your age, health, family history and where you are in regards to having or not children. All of the options come with advantages and disadvantages which need to be considered and not all the options will suit everyone so getting good professional advice is the key to helping you decide what it best for you.

Getting advice

If you are in the UK then your nearest GP should be able to help you. When you make an appointment tell them what it is for as they often have dedicated clinics or specific doctors that deal with contraception. There is also a comprehensive guide to all these types of contraception on the NHS website.

However, there are also other organisations you can turn to for help and advice such as

Marie Stopes

Brook

and in the USA

Planned Parenthood

 

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