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The Birth Control Options Women Should Know About

  • Sep 26
  • Gynecology

The birth control options women should know about

Words such as sex, abortion, and birth control always grumble up controversy. Although the primary goal of birth control is to prevent pregnancy, this isn't the only reason you can be taking the pill. You may wonder, "Which strategy will work best for me and my lifestyle?" Which strategy is the most effective at preventing STIs? How about the ease of use? Are there any possible adverse effects? Cost? How successful will it be?

While choosing safer sex and contraceptive alternatives, there are a number of factors to consider. Changes in relationships, age, health, financial security, and lifestyle may change approaches. Dr. Manisha Singh, Consultant Gynaecologist and a sub-specialist in Reproductive Medicine & Surgery, Fortis Bannerghatta Road, breaks it down for you by reviewing some of the most popular types of contraception - to commemorate World Contraception Day on September 26:

Internal Condoms:

Internal condoms are latex-free, hormone-free polyurethane pouches worn inside the vaginal opening. They also reduce the risk of pregnancy and STI transmission significantly. You can protect yourself from STI transmission and unplanned pregnancy even if your partner refuses to use a condom. It reclaims control of the vaginal area for the vaginal owner.

External Condoms:
When it comes to birth control, the rubber is a classic. An external condom is a bag that goes over the penis during intercourse to catch any fluid (e.g., pre-ejaculate, come, semen) out of the penis. The external condom has a dual purpose of preventing STIs and unplanned pregnancy. Because they come in latex and non-latex varieties, there's little chance of an allergic reaction.

Copper intrauterine device (IUD):
An IUD made of copper is a little device with a fine copper wire wrapped around a plastic frame. It prevents conception by being implanted inside the uterus. The IUD is threaded with a tiny nylon thread that passes past the cervix and into the top end of the vagina. Copper IUDs are 99 percent efficient at preventing pregnancy and can last up to 10 years (depending on the type). If implanted when you are 40 years old or older, they can be used for contraception until menopause.

The Oral Contraceptive Pill
The oral contraceptive pill is the most often reported method of contraception. It's a small tablet that you take once a day. There are several various types of pills to pick from, so it's a matter of figuring out which one is best for you. The combo pill contains estrogen and progestin, whereas the tiny tablet contains progestin. The tablet has numerous advantages, but it is critical to remember to take it on time. The pill offers many benefits, including being highly effective when used correctly, allowing sexual spontaneity and not interfering with sex, and, in some cases, reducing heavy and painful periods and having a favorable effect on acne. Only a doctor's prescription is required to receive the pill, so make an appointment with your local doctor or sexual health clinic.

Birth control pill is safe, but like how all medicines have risks and side effects. Your doctor will help you figure out if the pill is safe for you. There's a good chance the pill will be safe for you. 

The pill has been around for several years, and millions have used it safely. The remedy, like all drugs, isn't suitable for everyone. You should not use the combination pill (COCs) or any other type of birth control that contains estrogen if you are over 35 and a smoker. If you're over 35 and vape, consult your doctor or nurse to see if the combination pill is right for you. If you smoke, you can use progestin-only tablets (POPs or micro pills).

Women's opportunities have increased due to birth control, giving them more security and authority in their lives. However, there appears to be a negative connotation with birth control at times. Furthermore, birth control has various impacts on each person who uses it. The non-contraceptive benefits, such as a lower risk of ovarian cancer, better bleeding management, a lower chance of period migraines, and uterus protection, differ from technique to method. Always be with your doctor before taking any action.

We should encourage all women in their decision to use or not utilize birth control. It's critical to be aware of your options and choices in this multi-factored decision-making process and that these options and choices are still available to all women.

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