It’s one of greatest annoyances: finding a method of contraception that works for both your body and your way of life. With such number of options nowadays (15 to be correct), it can be entirely befuddling (and down-right overpowering) to filter through all the information out there. That is the reason Dr Deborah Bateson from Family Planning NSW provided answers to all your most asked questions.
How do you know which contraceptive method is the one for you?
There are many factors that can influence finding the best contraceptive. For instance, you may lead a bustling way of like and remembering to take something every day is not going to work out for you so you may prefer something more long term such as an implant or an IUD, or you may have certain medical conditions which may make a few kinds of contraception inadmissible. You may encounter reactions, for example mood swings or bloating on one type of contraception but not on others and may prefer a method that reduces or even get rid of your periods altogether.
While some women find their “perfect match” right away, other women may need to experiment with a couple of different types (and remember what suits you when you are in your twenties might be distinctive to what suits you best in your 30s or 40s, so getting some information about what’s new is helpful)
The best way to approach the right contraceptive method for you is to know everything you can from all the different types, their advantages and disadvantages, so you can run outfitted with an arrangement of inquiries to your specialist. It’s vital to talk about not only medical conditions you have, but also to let the doctor know what is the most essential features of a contraceptive method for you.
Do you have to change up your method of contraception frequently so you don’t become “immune”?
While it’s essential to know that there are various sorts of contraception accessible there is definitely no compelling reason to change your preventative technique routinely. The body does not become “immune” to contraception. This is a typical myth of contraception that it will lose its viability after some time. If a contraceptive option is ok for you, it fits into your way of life and you are not getting any troublesome side-effects then there is no need to change.
Essentially, there is no need to have a break from the pill – that is unless you would like to end up pregnant! With the presentation of Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC) too, a method like the hormonal or copper IUD can be embedded to last up to 5 or 10 years – obviously it doesn’t need to remain in for that long and when it is evacuated your fertility returns to normal straight away.
If a contraceptive works for you and you are ok with it, there is no need to change it!
What is the best type of contraception method?
The LARC strategies have been turned out to be extremely powerful types of contraception with the hormonal IUD being 99.8% viable and the copper IUD being 99.2% viable – this implies less than 1 woman out of every 100 will become pregnant in a year.
The embed, which can remain set up under the skin of the upper inner arm for up to 3 years, is also quite effective, at 99.9%. In fact, these LARC methods are as powerful as sterilization – either female tubal ligation or male vasectomy – yet they have the advantage of being completely reversible.
While the pill and the vaginal ring can be more than 99% viable when they are used perfectly, actually, up to 9 ladies in a 100 can fall pregnant utilizing this technique, regularly in light of the fact that a pill is missed or the pill pack runs out. Seeing how compelling the diverse strategies are, is an essential part of understanding what is the best option for you.
Beside condoms, do any techniques of contraception secure against STIs?
No, condoms are the main strategy that ensure against STI’s and in addition pregnancy. Male condoms are made of either latex or other non-latex materials and the female condom is made of an exceptional material called nitrile. As they are not powerful as a portion of alternate strategies for contraception (that’s because they may not always be used in the right way, they might sometimes slip off or break), we prescribe that women who are in danger of STIs bend over a condom with another more successful type of contraception, for example a pill or vaginal ring, and embed or an UID.
Can hormonal contraception influence long-term fertility?
This is another huge myth of contraception. No strategy for contraception will influence your future fertility, except from the permanent ones (tubal ligation or vasectomy) obviously that’s what they are designed to do.
At the point when a woman quits taking a contraceptive pill, vaginal ring, implant or IUD her fertility will come back to normal way. The only exception is the 3-monthly injection as it can take up to a year for your periods and fertility to come back to normal, but after that there is no long-term effect.
Also, the famous “emergency pill” that can be taken within 5 days after unprotected sex and can be purchased at any drug store without prescription, it is safe to use if needed more than one in a cycle.
It is Ok to skip your period using the contraceptive pill?
Indeed, it’s totally fine to avoid your period. The combined hormonal contraceptive pill contains two hormones, an estrogen and a progestogen, with either 7 days of non-hormone sugar pills. During this hormone-free-break, women will usually have a withdrawal bleed like a period, but it’s very common these days for women to skip sugar pills by running their pill packs together for 3 months or longer. Sometimes women stress over blood developing inside the uterus but the opposite happens and the coating winds up plainly slender and more slender after some time. Extended use of the pill (or vaginal ring) is ok and can be very useful for women who encounter heavy periods, and also dealing with a bustling way of life or who basically like to skip their periods
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