Contraception 101 by Dr Lynelle Hoeks

This is my first blog post in a series of 4 on contraception – so yes, there’s clearly a lot of important information you need to know fm2017 건조스킨 다운로드.

First things first; whether this topic is unchartered territory, or whether you’re wondering if your current contraceptive is still suitable for you, choosing a contraceptive method can be confusing and daunting. Each time I counsel someone on selecting a method that’s appropriate for them, I’m reminded of just how many factors influence their choice. From family support (or none), cultural beliefs, cost and access to health services, to ease of use and preconceived perceptions. Along with preventing pregnancy, many methods have additional benefits such as controlling heavy periods and acne, and protecting against STDs. This makes the discussion you have with your doctor incredibly important, in order to maximise the benefits of your chosen method of contraception.

So, let’s have a look at what’s out there.

The following methods of contraception involve no medical interventions:

1. Coitus Interruptus: This is when the man withdraws his penis before he ejaculates. Due to lack of other choices, this method is still very common in developing countries, however it’s often very ineffective in preventing pregnancy.

2. Natural (Rhythm) Method: This is when a couple abstain from having sex during the woman’s fertile period (around the time she ovulates). She monitors this by checking cervical mucus consistency and basal body temperature. Many people follow this method due to religious oppositions towards barrier or hormonal methods, but it is not very effective and has a 25% failure rate. With this method, the woman also needs to have very regular cycles, and the couple need to be disciplined about when they can have sex.

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3. Lactational: In the period after giving birth and while breast feeding, many people believe that the absence of a period and lactating prevents pregnancy. Although this is true in theory, it’s difficult to predict when fertility will be restored, and most ladies will agree that it’s just not worth the risk. Just think about dealing with two babies under the age of one year!

Although it’s cheap and easy, remember that none of the above methods protect against STDs, and they have high failure rates.

Read more: my 2nd blog post on contraceptives which prevent pregnancy and STDs.