Contraception

What is Contraception?

Birth control, also known as contraception and fertility control, are methods or devices used to prevent pregnancy.

The most effective methods of birth control are sterilization by means of vasectomy in males and tubal ligation in females, intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implantable contraceptives. This is followed by a number of hormonal contraceptives including oral pills, patches, vaginal rings, and injections. Less effective methods include barriers such as condoms, diaphragms and contraceptive sponge and fertility awareness methods. The least effective methods are spermicides and withdrawal by the male before ejaculation. Sterilization, while highly effective, is not usually reversible; all other methods are reversible, most immediately upon stopping them. Safe sex, such as the use of male or female condoms, can also help prevent sexually transmitted infections. Emergency contraceptives can prevent pregnancy in the few days after unprotected sex. Some regard sexual abstinence as birth control, but abstinence-only sex education may increase teen pregnancies when offered without contraceptive education, due to non-compliance.

In teenagers, pregnancies are at greater risk of poor outcomes. Comprehensive sex education and access to birth control decreases the rate of unwanted pregnancies in this age group. long-acting reversible birth control such as implants, IUDs, or vaginal rings are of particular benefit in reducing rates of teenage pregnancy. After the delivery of a child, a woman who is not exclusively breastfeeding may become pregnant again after as few as four to six weeks. Some methods of birth control can be started immediately following the birth, while others require a delay of up to six months. In women who are breastfeeding, progestin-only methods are preferred over combined oral contraceptives. In women who have reached menopause, it is recommended that birth control be continued for one year after the last period.

About 222 million women who want to avoid pregnancy in developing countries are not using a modern birth control method. In the developing world women's earnings, assets, weight, and their children's schooling and health all improve with greater access to birth control.

Questions and answers on "Contraception"

Hi, I have been on my period which consists of red blood then goes to brown/clots...this has been for 7months now none stop!! I have been taken off every contraception and no change at all!! My doctor keeps telling me to wait and it's normal!! How am I meant to find a boyfriend when I am constantly on my period...it's really getting me down :(

doctor1 MD

Hi,Welcome to Health care magic forum.
It appears that the reason might be the anemia, infection, or some structural abnormality in the ovary, or uterus.
I advise you to consult a gynecologist for diagnosis and treatment. You may need to have an M.R.I. for diagnosis.
I usually prescribe to my...

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Hello. I am curious to know if my period will be lighter or shorter since I started birth control pills 2-3 days before it is supposed to start. My periods have been horribly long and painful for a long time and I am trying the pill to see if it will help. I had tubal migration 6 years ago so contraception is not an issue. Will it still start and will the pill make a difference?

doctor1 MD

Hi,
Oral contraceptive is used for profuse bleeding and long period.
With 3-4 months of courses you will be alright.
Start medicine on fifth day of period and continue without missing the tablet.
Ok and take care.

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ive been taking tetralysal 300 for my skin and i m still taking it but ive recently been prescribed the pill but i m scared to take it incase it cancels it out and i get pregnant.

doctor1 MD

Tetyralysal belongs to a group of drugs called tetracyclines .It may intefere with the action of oral contraceptive pills and hence an additional barrier method of contraception has to be used.Also the drug is contraindicated during pregnancy

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i have consistently taken my estelle pill for at least the last six months.. on tuesday night i think i accidently took the pill twice ( i think i was getting ready for bed, took one pill, then got distracted and then finished getting ready for bed and accidently took a second pill), so i did not take any pill on wednesday night, thursday night i forgot to take my pill, so i took it friday morning, i took my friday night pill, and then had un protected sex on saturday morning, i took my saturday night pill.. could i be pregnant ???? thanks

doctor1 MD

Hi,
Since you have managed to adjust the dosages, there should be no reason to worry. Yet, it would be better to use an extra means of contraception in this cycle as protection cannot be predicted due to the disturbance in the intake that happened. Wait for your period and test for pregnancy at...

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I got married recently in may 2013..I have used "Primolut N" tablets in august for 3 days to delay my peroid and in November I used them for 6 days to delay as there are many occasions for me...and now I have to use them in january also and I used emergency contraceptive pills for 3 times...is it safe to use them or do I face any problems during my pregnancy...

doctor1 MD

Hello
Thanks for the query to H.C.M. Forum both primolut-N and oral contraceptive drugs are most commonly used drugs for delaying menses and contraception respectively .
In future pregnancy these hormonal tablets will not cause any untoward effect because as both these drugs are natural hormones...

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is it advisable to control the periods by tablet for having sex.which is the safe time for intercourse with out resulting in pregnancy

doctor1 MD

Getting periods totally depend on your hormones and it's always better not to meddle with it by taking tablets which are also hormones. So better avoid it for your own good.

The safest time could be first 8 days and after 18 days if cycles are regular... if cycles are irregular it won't work......

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hi i am 23 years old and blessed with a baby boy on 26 jan 2012. we usually do intercourse by coitus interuptus but due to certain circumstances he had to ejaculate inside me on 25thfeb 2012 night, i took i- pill on 26 feb night but till now didn t had any bleeding . is bleeding compulsory after taking i-pill? we dont want any more pregnancy now . do i need to do pregnancy test? after delivery i didnt have periods started yet.

doctor1 MD

hai immediately after your delively , generally lactation provides a safe period which prevent you from getting concieved. however it is safe to do a pregnancy test for confirmation. So dont get panic do your pregnancy test.

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by using cycloreg tablets will pregnancy goes?

doctor1 MD

Hi Harshitha, Welcome to HealthcareMagic Forum.
You query is not complete, are you asking about abortion Or are you asking about cycloreg contraception? Cycloreg along with estrogen hormone is prescribed as a Contraceptive. It Prevents Pregnancy. It is absolutely contraindicated that is not...

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hi Dr
I am 23 yrs old non-diabetic woman,taking glycomet 250 gms morning and night and also ex tor ez cholestrol tablet for weight reduction.Today I had unprotected sex.Does it harms the fertilization or baby.If so suggest me the contraception method.Thank you!

doctor1 MD

no it will not harm the fertilization. you can use oral contraceptive pills. it will help you a lot to prevent conception. hope my answer helped you. take care. do not forget to give ratings to the answer.

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Recent questions on  Contraception

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does taking an ipill affect my future chances of pregnancy? the condom slipped off after my boyfrend ejaculated..we're not sure if any semen got inside..were considering emergency contraception but i heard it can cause problems with future conceptions..is it true?

doctor1 MD

Hi Doc, i am a 28 yr old female, married for last 2 yrs..i was on oral contraceptive for these 2 yrs and i stpped it in the third week of february'11. now we want to plan for a child,but i have heard it takes some months to concieve after you have been on OCD...is it risky to try to concieve before some specified months?

doctor1 MD

hi Dr
I am 23 yrs old non-diabetic woman,taking glycomet 250 gms morning and night and also ex tor ez cholestrol tablet for weight reduction.Today I had unprotected sex.Does it harms the fertilization or baby.If so suggest me the contraception method.Thank you!

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