The term contraception means taking steps to prevent pregnancy when you have sex. There are many contraception options. Each has its pros and cons. Different options suit different couples. This article discusses the various contraception options available in the UK and globally.
Yes! AccessDoctor has verified the methods of contraception listed below. They are all effective. We can also help you to put these methods to use. We have well-trained UK doctors who will who will conduct online consultation with you, and advise you on which contraception method best suits you.
It is important to note that while these methods of contraception are effective, no method is 100% reliable. The reliability of each method of contraception is determined in percentages. If the method fails in at least 1 per 100 women, then the number of women who become pregnant may be determined per 1000 women.
For instance, the contraceptive injection has 99% effectiveness. This means that it is effective in at least 99 out of 100 women. So, if 100 women use this method of contraception, less than 1 woman will become pregnant each year. If contraception isn’t used, at least 85 in 100 women will become pregnant within a year.
How you use each method of contraception determines how effective it will be. These are known as “user-dependent” methods. They must be used properly or they won’t work well. For instance, the “pill” method works excellently if taken correctly. But if you miss your pills or you vomit, then the failure rate may be high.
The combined pill
Combined pills contain artificial (synthetic) forms of progestin and oestrogen. Most pills in each cycle are active. This means that they contain hormones. The other pills in the cycle are inactive, meaning that they do not contain hormones. There are several forms of combination pills:
If you take them correctly, birth control pills will drastically reduce your chances of getting pregnant during sex. The combination pill has just a 9% failure rate. This means that only 9 out of 100 women using it will get pregnant.
Combined pills have several benefits:
Combined pills do not offer protection against sexually-transmitted diseases. To protect yourself against STD, you must use a condom in addition to your pill. Also, do not forget to take your pill every day. Just have a new pack on hand when you finish the old one. Your risk of pregnancy increases if you miss a pill or delay taking one after completing a cycle.
Mini pills are also called progestin-only pills. They do not contain oestrogen, only progestin. Progestin-only pills are a good choice for women who for health reasons cannot take oestrogen. All the pills in the cycle are active. It doesn’t contain any inactive pills. As such, you may or may not have your period when taking these pills.
Just like combined pills, mini pills have just a 9% failure rate. This means that 9 out of 100 women using the pill will get pregnant. To have full effect, you must take them within the same 3-hour period daily.
They have the same advantages as combined pills (listed above). Also:
Mini pills do not offer protection against sexually-transmitted diseases. To protect yourself against STD, you must use a condom in addition to your pill.
It is also known as the birth control patch. It is a sticky patch that releases hormones into your body via your skin. These hormones prevent pregnancy. The UK version of the contraceptive patch is known as Evra.
It is quite effective. The contraceptive patch contains two hormones called Oestrogen and progesterone. These are the same hormones contained in the pills. They prevent your egg from being released. The patch should be applied once per week. You stick it to non-hairy parts of your body.
It is also known as the birth control implant. It is a small plastic rod just the size of a matchstick. It is inserted under your skin by a doctor.
It has a failure rate of just 0.05%. At least half a million women use this implant.
The contraceptive implant causes a slow release of etonogestrel into your body. Etonogestrel is a kind of progestin hormone. This hormone then blocks the release of eggs from your ovary thus preventing pregnancy. It also thickens the mucus in your cervix. This will prevent the entry of sperm into your uterus.
The contraceptive injection is also known as a birth-control shot. It is very effective at preventing pregnancy. It is also very convenient. A single shot can last for three months. The birth control shot blocks the release of eggs from your ovary. The release of eggs from your ovary is called ovulation. Pregnancy cannot occur in the absence of ovulation. The shot also thickens the mucus in your cervix and prevents sperm from getting into your uterus.
It is very effective and has a failure rate of less than 1 percent when used correctly.
The brand name for the vaginal ring is NuvaRing. It is a prescription-only birth control method. It is a small plastic ring, flexible, inserted into the vagina to help prevent pregnancy. The vaginal ring prevents pregnancy by slowly releasing oestrogen and progesterone into your body, just like the pills and contraceptive patch. These hormones prevent the release of eggs from your ovaries, and thus, prevents pregnancy.
It is very effective when used properly. It has just a 9% failure rate.
Other methods of contraception include:
What should you do
Birth control or contraception is a very important tool for the prevention of unwanted pregnancy. It is however important to note that no method of 100% effective.
You must stay informed and use your preferred birth control method with care.
Remember, you don’t have to figure it out all on your own. AccessDoctor has well-trained UK doctors in its employ who are willing and ready to guide you and help you decide the best contraception method that suits you.
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