- Fertility & Reproductive Systems
Effective Birth Control Method Better Than Contraceptive Pills
Do you Forget to Take Your 'Pill' Often?
Missing the birth control pill once is fine, but can completely disturb your menstrual cycle if it happens more often. According to an article in The Economic Times, published in July 2015, along with birth control, contraceptive pills are an effective solution for acne, menstrual cramps and bad parking! These pills also provide protection against anaemia, since they make the periods shorter and lighter, thereby reducing blood loss.
With the sexual revolution of the 1960s, the birth control pill was one of the best things to happen to women so far. It gave them a sense of control, along with the choice of getting pregnant or not. Pills have a high level of estrogen, which convinces the pituitary gland of pregnancy. Thus, there is no need to ovulate. It is like a mind game that you play with your body that you're pregnant, hence can't get pregnant again. If you're not sexually active, this doesn't mean that you should stop taking the pill. If a woman chooses to use contraceptive pills, she cannot afford to miss even a single one. She can forget to have breakfast or lunch, but not the contraceptive pill.
Need for a Substitute
According to an article in The Times of India, published in September 2016, women on hormonal contraception are more likely to purchase an antidepressant. This risk highly increases if the consumption has been started since adolescence. Women are at twice the risk of facing depression than men. In India's best cities, like Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi, gynecologists are majorly concerned with the increased effect of contraceptive pills on the hectic lifestyle of women, which could worsen the situation. Evaluating the data from the Danish National Prescription Register of women, researchers have found that the young women are 1.8-2.2 times more prone to take antidepressant pills than a woman in the age group 20-34 years, with 1.23-1.34 times the risk of taking an antidepressant for the first time after using birth control pills.
It is found that if taken properly, contraceptive pills are 99.9% effective in terms of birth control. But with additional side-effects, women are losing interest in this 1960s revolution. The necessity of taking them daily and carrying them along wherever you travel certainly add to the resistance against such contraceptive methods. Plus, pill doesn't provide protection against the sexually transmitted diseases. The other prominent side effects of contraceptive pills include nausea, breast tenderness, headaches, yeast infections, mood swings, melasma and bloating.
Family Planning Without Birth Control Pills
According to the best gynecologists in Bangalore, there are more suitable ways of birth control. Due to social, economic and financial issues, couples are paying serious attention towards family planning in India. Some of the top choices for birth control in the country are:
- IUDs (Intra Uterine Devices): This device is inserted in the uterus, making the environment unsuitable for pregnancy. The most popularly used IUD is the Copper-T.
- Surgical Procedures: Vasectomy, tubal ligation, surgical sterilization, hysteroscopic sterilization and hysterectomy are the commonly used procedures. If a couple already has children and do not desire to have any more in future, these procedures would be a suitable choice for them. The painless and least expensive vasectomy is the m ost commonly used procedure.
- Barrier Methods: This creates a barrier against the sperm entering the fallopian tubes, so that the egg is not fertilized. With fewer side effects, they also do not cost a lot. These physical barriers include cervical caps, diaphragms and female condoms. However, they have a lower pregnancy prevention rate than condoms and the pill.
- Emergency Contraceptive Pill: These pills are a backup for emergencies, when the chosen contraceptive seems to have failed. It should be consumed within 72 hours of unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. These pills have a higher dosage of hormones, causing some disturbance to the menstrual cycle.
The best gynecologists in Bangalore suggest a visit to a medical professional before choosing any of these methods. The only method that can be used without medical consultation and one that is highly effective against pregnancy and STIs is the condom.