Monday, 16 April 2012

Here's to having options

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When I was younger (much younger) and needed to avoid being in the "family way", the choices were simple. Nowadays, there is much more technology involved, many more options and many opinions on what is good and bad.

It was easy back in "my day" and there were only a few choices. The most popular were, you could go without, use condoms or take The Pill, but these options did not suit everyone. Contraception now is much more tailored to the individual, and if something isn't working or doesn't suit your style, you can try something else. Contraception is a big topic these days, so big that Family Planning clinics now do all the explaining and implementation to save your local GP the time this now takes.

Funnily enough, as I was reviewing my options, it occurred to me that my daughter is now 8 years old. Obviously, there will some pretty deep discussion in the next couple of years about changes and then the birds and the bees. Boy, that came around quick. It seems like only yesterday that I was encouraging her to poo in the potty.

Hopefully, by the time "her day" comes around, more advances will have been made, not only to protect against "the family way", but against the cancers and diseases that seem to be stalking every second person.

Wouldn't it be nice if all she had to worry about was the right gap between children?