Medically reviewed by Sophia Yen, MD, MPH – Written by Pandia Health Editorial Team

“Netflix and chill?”

I’m sure we’ve all heard this internet slang term whether we’ve used it or not IRL. It’s a euphemism for sex. It usually entails watching a movie or TV show with the intention of having sex anytime during the time you and your partner are hanging out.

Today, I want to add a lil extension to this phrase (don’t worry, it’s cute and it rhymes!):

Taking the Pill Before Netflix & Chill

So, what does this mean? Basically, it’s a reminder to take your birth control before you Netflix and chill! Whatever form of birth control you’re on (pill, patch, ring, IUD, implant), be sure to stick with it, especially if you know you’re going to be sexually active soon. Plus, contraception has a number of benefits such as preventing pregnancy, regulating hormones, and reducing acne.

This way, you can get steamy with your casual hookup or SO without worrying about an unintended pregnancy or contracting STDs.

On a funny note, studies have shown that Netflix and chill has become a form of birth control itself. People are getting so caught up in the TV show or movie that they don’t enjoy the other person’s company. They’re literally just Netflixing without the chilling!

Of course, you should never feel pressured to engage in sexual activity if you don’t want to. Make it clear from the beginning that you really do just want to watch the latest episode of Queer Eye.
But, if you are looking to do more than just staring at a screen (maybe into your lover’s eyes? ?), then it’s important to be safe about how you go about it! That means starting your birth control journey today!

If you’re wondering which method is best for you and how to begin, check out Pandia Health! It’s the only practicing reproductive health physician company in the birth control delivery space that is founded and led by women. It delivers up to a year’s supply of birth control to your doorstep for FREE!

Save that money for your Netflix subscription so you can continue to Netflix and chill – while on the pill!

The above information is for general informational purposes only and is NOT a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your doctor/primary care provider before starting or changing treatment.