Your Guide to Contraception
Friday, 30 April 2021

Understanding contraception and knowing which options are best for you is one of the most important aspects of your sexual health. Not every birth control choice is going to suit you. Some might cause medical complications, while others might come with side effects that don’t agree with you.

Contraception Options

 
Thankfully, there are multiple contraception options for you to discuss with your doctor. Here’s a look at some that you’re most likely to use.
 
1. Condoms/Diaphragm
 
Condoms and diaphragms are a staple in the contraception world, as they offer a double benefit of reducing the risk of pregnancy while also reducing transmission of sexually transmitted infections or sexually transmitted diseases.
 
2. Implant
 
The implant is a low-level hormone that is implanted into the arm. It slowly releases this hormone for longer periods of time to reduce the chances of fertilisation. Irregular bleeding or spotting, however, can occur and each instance should always be checked up on.
 
3. IUS/IUD
 
The IUS is a very reliable method that releases a low level of one hormone. Like the implant, it can cause irregular bleeding or spotting.
 
4. Copper Coil
 
The Copper Coil is an IUD made of copper. It is very reliable and does not contain hormones. You will have a regular period, though these periods may be heavier than with other contraception options.
 
5. Injection
 
With this method, you will need a new injection once every three months. It is good for those with period pain or for those who want to stop their periods altogether.
 
6. Combined Pill
 
The combined pill is very popular because, for many women, it also helps with hormone control. You may notice your acne lessen. Periods also tend to be lighter.
 
7. Patch
 
The patch is an adhesive patch that you place on your skin. You need to change it out once a week. Periods tend to be lighter and less painful. The patch also works to treat and manage acne.
 
8. The Ring
 
The ring is placed inside the vagina and is kept there, even during sex. Each ring lasts three weeks, and periods tend to be lighter and less painful. Like other options, the ring also reduces acne.
 

What Happens If Contraception Fails?

 
In some cases, you will have some warning if your contraception is not protecting yourself as fully as it should. A condom could break, for example, or you may have missed a pill, or some other issue has arisen. In these instances, it may be prudent to either get emergency contraception (which will only work to prevent you from getting pregnant, it cannot end a pregnancy) or to visit a safe medical facility such as abortion clinic sydney to learn more about your options.
 

How to Know if Your Contraception is Right for You

 

Understanding all of your options with your doctor can help you determine the right choice for you, specifically. Once you start your contraception of choice, monitor for side effects, and know that in some cases, it does take some time for the body to adjust. If you are unhappy with the side effects and your body does not seem to be adjusting, go back to your doctor to try another contraception option.
 
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