Choosing the Right Contraception
Choosing the right contraception can be a daunting task, with so many different options available. Whether you're looking to prevent pregnancy or protect yourself against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), it's important to find the method that works best for you. Here are some options:
Condoms are the only form of contraception that can protect against both unwanted pregnancy and STIs. They are readily available and easy to use, making them a popular choice for many people. However, they do have a failure rate of around 2%, which means that 2 out of every 100 condoms used will fail. Condoms can also be less effective if not used correctly or if they are damaged, so it's important to follow the instructions carefully.
The contraceptive pill is a popular choice for women who want a highly effective method of contraception. It works by releasing hormones that prevent ovulation, which means that the chances of becoming pregnant are greatly reduced. However, the pill does not protect against STIs and can have some side effects, including weight gain and mood changes. It's also important to take the pill at the same time every day to ensure its effectiveness. iPharm offers a range of contraceptive pills:
A combined oral contraceptive pill, also called the pill, contains artificial versions of the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone to prevent pregnancy.
A progestogen-only pill (POP), also called the mini pill, contains a small amount of one type of female sex hormone, the progestogen desogestrel.
The contraceptive implant is a small, flexible rod that is inserted into the arm. It works by releasing hormones that prevent ovulation, and can last for up to three years. The implant is highly effective, with a failure rate of less than 1%, and does not require daily attention like the pill. However, it can cause irregular bleeding, and some women may experience side effects such as acne or weight gain.
The coil, also known as an intrauterine device (IUD), is a small device that is inserted into the uterus. It can last for up to 10 years and is a highly effective form of contraception. The coil works by preventing fertilisation or implantation of the egg. However, it does not protect against STIs and can cause heavier periods or cramping in some women.
The contraceptive injection is a highly effective method of contraception that lasts for up to three months. It works by releasing hormones that prevent ovulation, and is an option for women who may forget to take the pill or have difficulty using other methods of contraception. However, it can cause irregular bleeding and may take some time for fertility to return once the injection is stopped.
When choosing the right form of contraception, it's important to consider your lifestyle, preferences, and medical history. Talk to your GP or a healthcare professional about your options and consider trying different methods until you find the one that works best for you.