Valentines Day is fast approaching, make it the safest one yet by not giving your sweetheart an unsuspected present
- All of this is in addition to Birth Control Pills/Diaphram/Sponge/etc. I'm not going to argue whether or not BCP (or any hormone) is good for the body or not. This is going to cover a basic "Vegan Friendly Safer Sex Kit", not including Doctor prescribed medication, etc.
- This is really intended for people who are: unaware of their partner(s) sexual history, have not both gotten tested, want to prevent the spread of STD, prevent pregnancy, enhancement, etc. Some people are aware of their partners health and may not need all of the things that are listed below. I really made this for: new vegans, people who are with a new partner, people who are...vegan...yeah, people who want to have safe sex (always recommended )
- Blah, blah, blah. I should make these kits into little gift baskets and give them away as presents Or, maybe I have entirely too much time on my hands. Either/Or.
I. "Herbal" Birth Control Methods
- I am not a doctor. Do not take my word as gold. Always consult a real doctor.
I've been reading on other veg*n messageboards from people who are obsessed with being "100% vegan". They are using herbal remedies for their sole Birth Control method. This is a trifle bit scary.
There are herbs and plants such as "Wild Yam" which have been used over the years as a anti-fertility drug. Wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa) contains Dioscorea which is used in making Birth Control hormones, a majour breakthrough for plant medicine this century. However, it should never be used as a sole Birth Control method. You are seriously asking for a child if you use this as a BCP alone. Not to mention the STD risk.
I am as a general whole not very familiar with using herbal remedies for fertility/anti-fertility. If someone is more familiar, please share. II. Tools of the Trade
Carrying the proper tools is half the fun. Here are some products that are vegan friendly.A. Condoms
"Vegan" condoms differ from "regular" latex condoms in that the Vegan condoms do not contain casein (milk protein) or milk powder and are not tested on animals.
NB: The only 100% vegan condom brand is "Condomi". It is produced in Germany and very popular in Europe. It was available on almost all Vegan merchandise websites, but due to an Insurance problem, Condomi is not
exporting to the United States at this time. They are still available on UK websites, I am not sure if they will send to the US.
* Condomi: Most popular vegan condom brand. Recognized by the Vegan Society (UK). Comes in a variety of textures and flavours: Fruit Flavoured, Natural (without spermacide), "SuperSafe" (with spermacide), "Red Ribbon" (specifically made for the "gay scene"), Ribbed, etc.
* Kimono: Not tested on animals. Not 100% vegan. Available in the US.B. Lubricants
Lubricants, wonderful to use in addition to condom use to prevent breakage. Also helps out when there is a lack of natural lubrication. All lubricants must be water-based if they are being used with condoms. Products such as Vaseline are oil-based and will break down latex, thus breaking or weakening the condom.
* AquaLube: water-based, vegan.
* AstroGlide: water-based, vegan.
* Woman Wise Intimate Lubricant: water-based, vegan.
* Sensua Organics Vegan Lubricant: edible (strawberry, raspberry flavours), water-based, vegan.
* Bronzo Sensuale Ultra-Moist Personal Lubricant: water-based, carrot extract, vegan.
* There are actually lots of brands available. A search on popular online vegan merchandise stores will give you more than enough information.C. Dental Dams
Dental Dams, a thin piece of latex stretched over the vulva and vagina or anus. There are no vegan brands. There are brands such as: Glyde which are suitable to use (although there is no information on the ingredients.)
* Saran Wrap (Plastic Wrap): Not sure if this is vegan or not, but if you are allergic to latex this is recommended.D. Latex Gloves
Has a variety of uses. Always good to keep on hand. There are no immediate vegan only latex gloves.E. Aloe Vera Gel
Incase of an allergic reaction to lubricants or latex.
* Lily of the Desert: 99.5% whole leaf Aloe Vera. vegan.
These are just the basic items that are recommended for Safer Sexual Health. I have listed Vegan alternatives, but if a Vegan alternative isn't available to you or you don't have it on hand when the time comes, PLEASE do not risk your safety or the safety of your partner because you are caught up with being "100% vegan".
To keep a "Vegan Safer Sex Kit" should cost about $25-$30. It is money well spent!
If I come across anything, I'll add it. If you know of any products or suggestions list them! I am probably wrong about a few things (most notably the Wild Yam bit), please correct me. I'm not doing this to be a know-it-all or because I like to play Doctor. I am doing this because I want to see the the decrease of horrible disease like AIDS and the decrease in teen pregnancy.
Play safe everyone! and Happy Valentines Day