Birth control is always a confusing matter. Especially in India, where people often pretend that sex before marriage or contraception after, is not even a possibility, contraception is not openly discussed. While we’ve shared answers to all the questions you’ve asked regarding birth control, we would strongly advise seeing a doctor before getting onto any medicated pills.
You asked and we answered! Here are some FAQs on birth control. Read on, ladies!
Is withdrawal a safe sex practice?
Withdrawal is the removal of the penis just before ejaculation. And to answer your question, nope! Pre-ejaculation fluids might also contain sperm which can lead to a baby in your oven!
What are the different types of birth control techniques?
You can divide birth control techniques into hormonal and non-hormonal:
The most popular and widely used are male condoms. These are usually made from latex. They prevent not only pregnancy but also the transmission of STDs.
A dome-shaped device that’s made out of rubber. It is inserted into the vagina and placed over the cervix.
Contraceptive injections are a shot of progestin. The effect of this is reversible. The injection must be taken at a clinic every 3 months. This method does not protect against STDs.
IUD/ Copper IUD: This little device is inserted into the uterus by a doctor. It can either release copper that kill sperm or hormones that prevent the reproductive system from functioning normally.
This can contain either progestin or estrogen and progestin which are hormones that either make the wall of the uterus thinner or stop the release of an egg.
How do I choose a birth control method?
In collaboration with your OBGYN! If you’re too shy to go, condoms are easily available and safe to use and don’t have any side effects.
Will there be a problem in the future if one uses birth control pills?
This fear has been a major contributor to pills not being popular enough.
Contrary to the popular myth, birth control pills do not affect your future ability to give birth. Once an individual goes off the pill, their ability to reproduce is restored. However, to understand which pill works for you and your dosage and schedule, you must visit a gynecologist before you start taking it.
What are the side effects of birth control pills?
Anything that disturbs the hormonal balance tends to have minor side effects like headaches and nausea. Having said that, not everyone faces similar side effects and some are lucky enough to not have any at all.
Side effects can include weight gain, headaches, acne, bloating, etc.
Should I use a condom even when on birth control pills?
While pills can protect against unwanted pregnancy, condoms are the only protection against STDs, so say yes to the rubber!
With birth control, always remember better safe than sorry. Comment below with any advice or questions that you might have. Stay tuned for our post on emergency contraception.