Saturday, July 9, 2011

Choose the Right Birth Control


When a woman becomes sexually active, she should also decide on whether she wants to get pregnant or not. If she chooses not to become pregnant, then she must practice a form of birth control. Birth control, or contraception, is designed for preventing pregnancy. There are many options for birth control. The choice of one person differs from the other. There are things to consider, like birth control benefits, convenience, comfort, beliefs, and also the price of birth control pills.

The woman has many options regarding contraception. The more popular birth control methods are hormonal methods (birth pills, skin patch), intrauterine device (IUD), barriers (condoms, diaphragms), surgery (vasectomy, ligation), and natural ways (abstinence on fertile days, withdrawal). There is also that question on what birth control methods to use to avoid getting pregnant after delivery. After knowing the different types of methods, you should also learn health fitness tips so you can use these methods with consideration of your health and lifestyle.

The birth control benefits include prevention of pregnancy, protection from sexually transmitted infections (STI), and child spacing. If you want a permanent effect, surgery is an option. The birth control pills are very popular among women because they are highly effective, with a statistical success rate of 92% - 98%. They also offer a wide range of benefits such as that they ease menstrual cramps, offer reversible contraception, improve excess hair, relieve dysmenorrhoea, regulate menstruation, treat acne, help prevent osteoporosis, and prevent ectopic pregnancy. The disadvantages include headaches, breast tenderness, nausea, blood clots, and you are unprotected from STIs. And most importantly, there is still a possibility of pregnancy while on birth control pills. 

The price of birth control pills varies with each brand. And because there are plenty of brands to choose from, you can have the option of a pill that is easy on the pocket and that also matches your comfort. Still, these effects can vary from person to person. That’s why it very important to discuss methods with your Ob-Gyn.

Aside from abstinence from sex, there is no other birth control that gives 100% prevention. Even with surgeries, there is still less than 1% chance of pregnancy. There will be always a mark of error in birth controls. Situations like missing or delaying a pill, the condom broke, misplaced IUD, delayed withdrawal, miscalculation of fertile days can greatly affect the effectiveness, leading to pregnancy while on birth control. It takes caution when using birth control and one should know the chances of a failed contraception with the method of choice. A perfect case is that of pills. They decrease their reflectivity when taken with certain antibiotics. So a pregnancy while on birth control is potential.

If you are a woman who just gave birth, birth control is still applicable especially if you have decided on not getting pregnant after delivery. You may want to resume using the same method in the past, or may have a new preference. But it’s always important to educate yourself and your partner about postpartum birth controls as there are many myths about them. One myth is that postpartum, the woman cannot get pregnant. This is false. Some women begin to ovulate 25 days after giving birth. So a possible pregnancy can happen. And breastfeeding is NOT a good birth control – contrary to popular belief. It will only delay the menstrual cycle. So, if you want to prevent an immediate pregnancy, you still need contraception. 

Postpartum health tips: listen to your OB-Gyn when he will advise you to abstain from sex for several weeks, also for the reasons of rest and healing. If you breastfeed, stay away from estrogen-containing pills because this lessens milk supply. If you opt for a diaphragm, consider a refitting. It takes a lot of consideration of your current status as a new mother in choosing contraception.

Health fitness tips: Choosing a birth control method is personal. You should decide on what’s most suitable for you. Know your options and learn more about the disadvantages and the benefits. Always keep in mind to consider not just the cost but the impact on your health as well.

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