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Watch Ranveer Singh promote condoms and safe sex by asking people to Do The Rex!

Ranveer SinghActor Ranveer Singh, who has done bold scenes in movies like Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela and Band Baaja Baaraat, is now asking people to try Rex - a unique dance move - and urges the youth to 'talk more openly about safe sex by normalising the conversation'. Ranveer, who has been signed as brand ambassador by Durex, the global leader in sexual well being, is seen in a new consumer campaign launched on Wednesday. Durex together with Ranveer and a team of choreographers has developed a dance move called 'Rex' - a physical expression of joy and ecstasy experienced after a wonderful sexual experience has moved them.

Karan Kapadia (director), Bosco-Caesar (choreographers), Ravi Varman (cinematographer) and Mikey McCleary (music) teamed up to create the peppy video. Ranveer, on the other hand, wrote and rapped the lyrics of the soundtrack. 'The Rex is a dance move that signifies the celebration of great sex! When you have had great sex and you want to celebrate the divine experience that has moved you, then you do the Rex,' Ranveer said in a statement. 'I believe intimacy is never just physical, but emotional too. I'd like very much for the youth of the nation to talk more openly about safe sex by normalising the conversation. It was great fun shooting with such a talented team of professionals,' he added

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The actor told DNA that he wasn't iffy at all about doing a condom ad. He told DNA: 'Honestly, I was instantly on-board! I was always clear that I wanted to endorse a product that truly has a positive impact on society and sends out the message of being socially responsible too. With the kind of problems we face in our country -- HIV and STDs and unwanted pregnancies, I strongly feel that if there is one product that needs to be endorsed, it is condoms. So the idea occurred to me and I proactively approached Durex because I believe they have a global legacy and are global leaders in the space of sexual well-being. They make quality products and they have fantastic creatives so they were my first choice. I also believe that I have a certain connect with the youth and so I must leverage it to spread awareness about sex.' He also added that he always carried a condom in his wallet!

Know your contraception methods:

Barrier birth control condoms and diaphragms

Condoms are without a doubt one of the greatest inventions of mankind. Not only are they the most cost-effective way to prevent unwanted pregnancies but they also stop the transmission of various STDs including the dreaded HIV/AIDS. When used properly, condoms have a 98% success rate! (How not to use a male condom) Nowadays, female condoms are also widely used. Much like their male counterparts, they work on the same barrier principle as male ones. And they're believed to be more pleasurable as well, though costlier.

Diaphragms work on the same barrier principle as condoms and need to be inserted into the vagina at the mouth of the cervix (the opening to the uterus, based at the highest point of the vagina). Remember, that it's a very small opening so there's no fear of the diaphragm going into the uterus. (Read: Condoms: Frequently Asked Questions)

Pros and cons: They are easily available, inexpensive and work effectively when used properly. The con is that there's a certain stigma attached to buying them in many countries (including ours) and might be overlooked in the heat of the moment. The availability of the right size can also be a problem. Some also live under the impression that they decrease pleasure and aren't as good as the real thing.

Birth control pill

Birth control or oral contraceptive pills is a reliable method of contraception and works by suppressing ovulation the release of an egg from the ovary. Contraceptive pills are classified depending on their composition. In India, there are two types of pills available.

Combined pills: Contains a combination of oestrogen and progestin. These are the synthetic form of the same hormones present in the female body. These pills are also useful in reducing the intensity of menstrual discomfort. Another type of pill available is the Mini Pill. They contain only progesterone, they are milder in action and have lesser side-effects. If used correctly and consistently, the pill is projected to be about 99.7 to 99.9 % effective in preventing pregnancy. The failure rate of hormonal methods of contraception, including the pill is usually lower than non-hormonal methods such as condoms and intrauterine devices.

Pros and cons: When taken correctly, regular and emergency pills work most of the time. However, they can also cause problems and it's believed they can cause weight gain, decrease libido and cause other problems since they alter a woman's hormonal levels. It's also important to remember that unlike the barrier method, pills do not prevent the transmission of HIV and other STDs. (Read: Prescription Birth Control The Pill)

Behavioural birth control

Behavioural birth control is an umbrella term for various practices which we perform to prevent pregnancies. It includes the withdrawal method, fertility awareness and complete methods.

The withdrawal method refers to the man 'withdrawing' when he is about to ejaculate. This method is quite unreliable. 4% of accidental births occur because of failure of this method. The fertility awareness method refers to the woman keeping a close track on her ovulation time and avoiding sexual contact during those days. The third method is of course complete abstinence.

Pros and cons: Behavioural methods of birth control might be free of cost, but they are extremely hard to practise and have the highest fail rate of all contraceptives. It's extremely hard to keep a track of the so-called 'safe days' because many women have irregular periods.

Now that you know about the various contraception methods and their pros and cons, choose the one that best suits you and your partner. Remember, it is better to be safe than sorry!

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