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Light month this month! This is because of the catch all nature of this site, it’s pretty much one of the only features needed.

Bedsider is a site about safe sex and consent! These are two things that should always be taught, regardless of where you are on the gender spectrum and the romantic spectrum (this includes ace and demi as well (which is where I technically fall under)).

If you live in a nation or community that restricts proper safe sex learning (almost anywhere in the world where there’s a moderate-to-severe limit on women’s rights (nearly everywhere)), then there will be a lot of reduced information about things such as various birth control methods besides condoms, abstinence, the calendar and withdrawal/pulling out (the latter two are not very effective for a slew of reasons). For the safety of everyone involved, it’s important to the entirety of what is available.

For example:

Method Explorer
Method Explorer is great because it is an easy to use, visual guide that even has sensible filters such as “Most Effective”, “Party Ready”, “Hormone Free” and “Easy to Hide”.

This part helps so many people because it helps them decide what is best for themselves and the facts behind whatever they choose. If you click on any chosen method, there are small videos titled “Real Stories” of regular people talking about how the chosen birth control method affects their life.

Beyond those, on each one you pick, you can scroll down further and see all the details!

Here, you can find out how much it cost, how to use it, what is it, the side effects (if there are any) and more! It’s all-around helpful when you want to make the right choice.

Features

The Features section has very good articles that are well written and very informative. Such as “5 myths about the pill, busted” and “What you should know about birth control when you have a disability”. Every article is written by health professionals and advocates. This is great for those who just want to have the facts and without the sex-negativity or slut-shaming.

Questions

The Question section is all-encompassing! Which is fantastic because, wow, there are a lot of questions about sex. There are questions on there I didn’t even know were questions! These questions are written with simplicity and straight-forwardness from clinical professionals. I like how they keep it simple and not try to load up their answer with daunting medical jargon.

Have a question they haven’t answered? It’s probably there. Or living in the Feature section. Such as “5 myths about virginity, busted”. (There’s also an amazing book by Hanne Blank titled Virgin on the history of the concept of virginity.)

These guys do everything…but give you the materials. Information is great, but it only gets you so far. Now, for things like IUDs and NuvaRings, you have to go to a health provider but the basics like condoms and lubes (lube is a need for condom to prevent breakage) are very available. For example Condom Depot sells both items and with plenty of information, complete with buying guides and free delivery for orders over $25 (anything under is just $1.99 shipping). CondomDepot’s page on STDs/STIs and Body Health is extensive and wonderful.

Next week is Ask Black Witch. Good questions are appreciated, bad questions are eviscerated. Send ’em in.