The economic realities on ground has made it mandatory for governments all over the world to encourage birth control measures to curb a population that may explode if measures are not taken to check it. Even religious bodies and other non-governmental bodies are drumming home the message through their respective forums.
The contraceptive market is now brisk business all over the world. This has created a problem of choices for both sexes. The question that every woman should ask is: Which contraceptive is best for me? Many had unpleasant experiences with contraceptives. Some women had been condemned to live permanently for life with the negative side effects of contraceptive for life. It is with that mindset that we have gone into some research work to present to every woman five of the best available contraceptives in the market today.
This pill is our number one contraceptive for women. The medical name given to this pill is Estrostep Fe, LoEstrin 1/20, Ortho-Novum 7/7/7, Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo, Yasmin, Yaz. It is very reliable and is 99% effective to prevent pregnancy in women. It works in as much as you play by its rule. Take note of this:
- It must be taken at any convenient time of the day and at the same time every other day of the week the year round. If you are the type who cannot keep to this daily time schedule, then it is advised that you do not go for this option; other options are there for you.The combination pill will restore your menstrual flow if you decide to get pregnant again. It has the proven ability to ease heat flashes.
- This contraceptive is not for smokers
- If you are above 35 years, it is not for you.
The number two contraceptive is known in medical parlance as: Micronor, Nora-BE, Nor-QD, Ovrette. It is also very reliable if it is used within the scope of its effectiveness. It is known as a mini pill because of its size. This pill does not contain estrogen. Now, who cannot take this contraceptive? The list includes:
- Heart disease patients
- Those at risk for blood clots
The nursing Mothers can use this contraceptive. It won’t reduce the milk supply for women who are breast-feeding.
Warning: Like our first take, you must be prepared to take your pill on the same time of the day on a regular basis. If you are three hours behind schedule; then go immediately for a back-up pill to avoid dire consequences.
This pill is also reliable in preventing unwanted pregnancies. It simply works. The medical name for this pill is: Lybrel, Seasonale, Seasonique. You can take it at any time of the day; there are no rigid rules here. However, it will change your menstrual period to once every quarter in a year. The implication is that you will only experience your menstrual flow once in every three months.
This change in your menstrual cycle has not been proved to have no negative effects on your health. But the confirmation as to whether it is good for your health or otherwise has not been established to date.
You must take a pill every day of the week for the entire 365 days in the year if you want this pill to work for you. There are no limitations as to who can use this contraceptive.
The diaphragm is our number four pick of the five and it has been around for quite some time with proven effectiveness. In medical parlance, it is known as: Milex Wide Seal, Ortho All-Flex, Semina, SILCS.
The pill is shaped like a dome and it is made from rubber. It is a contraceptive that uses natural means to prevent pregnancy; there are no pills involved here, so you do not have the fear of side effects to contend with.
How does it work?
The diaphragm is designed to prevent the sperm from fertilizing the egg in the womb of the woman. The shape allows the diaphragm to cover the cervix; it must always be used with spermicide. The diaphragm is to be fitted in the office of your doctor.
The diaphragm is not a contraceptive for every woman; it will not work for some categories of women. The question now is: Who should avoid it? Consider all these carefully:
- If you have a weight that fluctuates by a margin of more than 10 pounds at a time, then this contraceptive will not work for you.
- If you gain additional weight; you need to re-visit your doctor to re-fix the contraceptive or else you will end up with unwanted pregnancy.
- In the same vein, if you lose weight in the region not more than 10 pounds; you need to pay a visit to your doctor’s office to effect necessary adjustments.
This contraceptive is prone to bladder infection. If you have toxic shock syndrome; it is advised that you don’t use diaphragm.
This contraceptive method is the number five in our list for consideration. It is known as Mirena, ParaGard in medical parlance. This is also an effective way to prevent pregnancy that any woman can take to in order to prevent unwanted pregnancy.
It is surgically inserted into the womb to prevent the sperm from reaching the eggs. It is 99% effective and works for a period of 10 years. Doctors advise women who have not given birth to avoid this pill because it enlarges the womb and there is the risk of damage to the womb.
For women who are planning to have children in a year or two; it is advised that they look for other options. Though the IUD can be removed, it is exorbitant- it is at a cost not less than $500; it is too exorbitant.
Those are our take on the 5 contraceptives that a woman can consider if you want to avoid that unwanted pregnancy with no attendant risks attached.