After months of cystitis and thrush, I gave up the contraceptive pill for good... I was about 19 at the time and I’d heard from a friend that it might be the cause, and they were right. So I started using my first ever hormone-free contraceptive (aside from condoms): the fertility awareness method (FAM).
Condoms have sadly seen a dramatic drop in popularity among 16-24 yr olds recently which is increasing the rates of Gonorrhea and Chlamydia again. This age group accounts for 55% of those STI's with 47% of them saying they have had sex with a new partner without a condom. When I was at school (not very long ago lets face it) condoms were promoted as practically a necessity when it comes to sex (1).
In the USA, Planned Parenthood (the leading contraceptives provider there) saw a 900% spike in IUD fittings in the first few weeks of Trump’s presidency as women were terrified their right to contraceptives would be taken away from them.