Family Planning

Nine astonishing truths about birth control

There’s a lot of confusion about birth control. In this article, we discuss nine facts about birth control.

  1. The pill can do more than only protect against unplanned pregnancy: It can also provide relief for women who suffer from medical conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or endometriosis. Furthermore, It may also help ease painful periods and address hormonal imbalances, acne and irregular periods.
  1. There is only one birth control method that protects against STIs: Condoms are the only form of contraception that safeguards you against getting HIV and STIs. You must use condoms every time you have sex, even if you’re using another form of birth control.
  1. Some types of emergency contraception may not work as effectively for women of a certain weight: If you weigh more than 75 kg (165lbs), make sure you check with your pharmacist or local women’s healthcare services clinic that you’re using the most effective form of emergency contraception. Some morning-after pills don’t work as effectively as others for plus-size women.
  1. Women under the age of 24 are less likely to use contraception: It’s been uncovered that less than 50% of women between ages 15 and 24 years of age use a form of birth control, while the number is a lot higher for women aged 25 and older. It’s concerning because teenagers and young women are most likely to be negatively impacted by an unplanned pregnancy.
  1. The pill isn’t the best birth control method for every woman: Do you have a history of breast cancer, over 35 and smokes? If so, chat to your doctor or gynaecologist about other forms of contraception because the pill may pose certain health risks.
  1. Here are the top five birth control options in South Africa: the most reliable methods of contraception available in the country are the implant, the IUD, the injection, the pill and the condom.
  1. You don’t need any permission to use contraceptives: Everyone is entitled to use birth control; it doesn’t matter how old you are. You don’t need consent from your parents or partners.
  1. You can get contraceptives at your local clinic: Don’t want to go to the doctor? You can visit any clinic to discuss birth control options and find the right one for you. It’s an affordable way to protect yourself against unplanned pregnancy and STIs. Please don’t be shy or embarrassed about asking for contraceptives.

The bottom line is that if you’ve begun menstruating and you’re sexually active, you should be using birth control, no matter your age. Please be sensible and practice safe sex.

Source: Marie Stopes South Africa (Safe Abortion and Post Abortion Family Planning)

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