Contraceptives: What you need to know before using it?

Updated on April 30, 2020
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In the beginning, it is good to learn about contraceptives. Often, it is known as birth-control or planning for a family method. The methods of contraceptives include several procedures, medications, and certain devices that help to delay pregnancy. The pregnancy prevention way among different contraceptives is not the same. Though the methods are categories into the following types:

1.      Hormonal based

With these methods, an alteration is made in the hormones to restrict the egg to reach fertilization. This method is performed using the “hormonal contraceptives.” Or it may keep a close monitor on the levels of hormonal changes in the cycles of menstruation. In this, sex is prevented in menstruation times when the chances of pregnancy are high. This method can be termed as “awareness about fertility method.”

2.      Barrier dependent

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With the barrier dependent methods, it can be understood as the one relying upon the physical limitation. In simple terms, it means that the barrier which restricts the interaction of female egg with the male sperm in intercourse. This results in preventing the stage of fertilization.

For the long-term contraceptive methods, one relies upon the hormonal contraceptives. This works as whole-time protection, whether anyone using it is active sexually or not. These methods are often considered before having intercourse.

3.      Emergency methods

These contraceptives also come under the category of hormonal contraceptives. Usually, emergency contraceptives can be used at the very moment or within five days after having unprotected intercourse. This can be beneficial in preventing the stage of pregnancy.

Who can rely on contraceptives or use it?

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Often, hormonal contraceptives are taken up by the women going through menstruation and are in the age group of 15 to 49 for the reason to avoid becoming pregnant. Typically, such women who remain active in sexual intercourse intake it to stay protected further.

The age group of reproductive women uses barrier-based contraception to delay the pregnancy stage. Also, women who want to ensure STI protection may use it.

Factors to think before using any contraception method

1.      General thoughts

The main purpose associated with the usage of contraceptives is averting the chances of pregnancy. This happens when the user chooses a suitable contraceptive method matching sexual activeness and lifestyle. The options for contraceptives are many, and it may become a confusing thing to choose the right one. It is the user’s characteristics that can help in identifying suitable contraceptive. Such factors include the fertility stage, health, age, and so on.

For the right advice, consider discussing with your doctor about it. With your doctor’s help, or you can browse this site to learn about the associated limitations on certain contraceptives. Also, it will be helpful to find the benefits of using any particular contraceptive. Your doctor would consider full-fledged details before advising or prescribing you any contraceptive. In such times, it is good to stick to your doctor’s advice.

2.      Health record in the past

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When consulting with the doctor about the right contraceptive, you may have to answer some questions inquired by the doctor regarding your overall health. In this way, the doctor analysis whether any contraceptive can result in affecting the health of the women due to any past disease or illness. Often, the questions may relate to the following:

·         Allergic condition

·         Migraine experience

·         Cardiovascular problem

·         Chlamydia issue

·         Gonorrhea problem

Another thing includes checking levels of blood pressure, height, and weight. These are also some factors that may result in selecting the contraceptive suitable for the user.

3.      Women oncoming to the stage of menopause

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The women who are oncoming to the stage of menopause are likely to experience irregularity in their menstrual cycles or no cycles for a certain period. Women in the age of 45 to 55 years experience this stage. About 50% of women may become infertile at the age of 50 years by experiencing menopause. And after reaching 55 years of age, about 96% of women become infertile. The infertility stage of women is usually confirmed when the menstrual cycle remains absent in 12 successive months.

All the menopause approaching women must consider the following things:

·         Rely on a permanent contraceptive only when you’re not planning to get another baby in the future.

·         Hormonal contraceptives work as a disaster for 35 years above women who have regular smoking habits or suffer from migraines.

·         The method linked with fertility know-how is not suitable for menopause approaching women since there is no regularity about their menstrual times.


If stuck in selecting the right contraceptive for you, then take help from your doctor. With your doctor’s prescription, you can be the most effective and suitable contraceptive matching to your lifestyle and health considerations. No contraceptive, this is coming in the theory listof effective contraceptives, maybe good if not used correctly in reality.

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