Emergency contraception pills are birth control pills that can be taken after an unprotected sexual intercourse for preventing unwanted pregnancy. These pills are also known as ECPs (Emergency Control Pills) and the morning after pills and produce results by altering the hormone levels in the body. There are different types of birth control pills that need to be taken within a certain period of having sex. Levonorgestrel for e.g. has to be taken within 72 hours of having sex for maximum effectiveness. Any delay, and the chances of pregnancy will be highly increased. Then there are some pills that can be taken up to 5 days after having sex. These can, however, be purchased only with a doctor’s prescription.
Emergency contraception is used after a sexual intercourse in order to avoid unwanted pregnancies. There are different types of contraception which provide the results in different ways. They are discussed below in detail.
Barrier method refers to the use of physical barriers like condoms and cervical caps that directly prevent the sperms from entering the vagina. This method may be comparatively safer for the health as it does not disrupt the naturally occurring hormonal levels of the body. However, it does not guarantee 100 % against child birth control. In fact, if women are using vaginal caps, it is best to have them fitted by a doctor and refitted again from time to time to ensure that it stays secure.
There is also another method that does not involve hormonal changes hormonal changes throughout the body. This involves inserting copper rings that release estrogen and progestin into the vagina. This, however, may not exactly be an emergency contraception as it needs to have been inserted before having sex.
Pills are the most common form of emergency contraception. They can be bought from any medical store without having to produce any sort of prescription or age verification. There are however a few pills that strictly require doctor’s prescription. These pills have to be taken within a stipulated time period as recommended by the manufacturer. Most pills, for example, have to be taken within 72 hours of intercourse. The pills are effective when taken within this time period. However, if it is delayed, there is no guarantee that it will show 100% effectiveness.
There are two types of birth control pills, the ones that are to be taken on a daily basis and the ones that are to be taken only when an intercourse takes place. Both work by altering the hormonal balance of the body.
The pills that are taken on a daily basis will keep the eggs from leaving the ovary and they also tend to thicken the vaginal mucus so that the sperms are unable to sin their way into the uterus. It is best to consult the doctor before settling for any such medication so that there are no serious side effects in the aftermath. However, women taking the daily pills have reported of having had weight gains even though other side effects were not visible.
Estrogen and progestin shots are also very effective in preventing pregnancies. They work in the same way as the emergency pills. The shots can be taken both before and after the intercourse. Depending on the dosage, one shot can last for a couple of months. Shots are also best for those people who may not find it convenient to take a pill each day. For women who are breastfeeding a child, it is best to go for progestin-only shots as this will not affect the quality and quantity of the milk secreted. There are some shots that not only prevent pregnancy but also protect the body from endometrial cancer and iron deficiencies. However, there are a few downsides surrounding the use of shots, which include weight gain and irregular periods.
The fertility of a woman is mainly connected with the eggs that are stored in the ovaries. Females come with these eggs at the time of birth itself. When born, she will have around two million eggs in her ovaries, but with maturation, these eggs start dying out and around 400 of them are discarded through menstruation cycle alone.
Hormonal contraceptive means the birth control measures which act on endocrine system of human being. Hormonal contraceptive methods are very popular as well as effective birth control measures all over the world. A large number of populations all over the world have been using these methods of birth control in order to prevent pregnancy. However, there are different types of birth control methods. Hormonal contraception is one of them. In this method, hormones are used as medication to prevent ovulation. This method includes contraceptive pills, Depo Provera injections and Norplant.
Miscarriage is when a baby dies in the womb within 20 weeks of pregnancy. Almost 10 % of the pregnancies end up in a miscarriage. However, this is only the recorded figure. It is very much possible for the rates to be higher as miscarriages can also occur well before the woman has even grown aware of the pregnancy. Miscarriages are most likely to happen during the first and the second trimester. The percentage of miscarriages in the first and second trimester is 10 to 15 % and 1 to 5 % respectively. By the third trimester, the fetus is fully formed and quite healthy. Therefore, the rate of miscarriage during this period almost drops down to zero.
Contraception means birth control process, which prevents pregnancy. There are many methods of contraception. Over the time there has been numerous changes taking place regarding the contraceptive methods. Some methods of contraception are:
- Long acting reversible contraception for example, Implant.
- Hormonal contraception like the birth control pills
- Barrier method , which includes condoms and Diaphragm
- Fertility awareness
- Emergency contraception and
- Permanent contraception or Sterilization , for example Vasectomy and tubal ligation
A person can use any of these methods of contraception depending on the situation, i.e. health, age etc. of the person. Though these methods cannot give 100% result yet many of these are effective if used faithfully.
Some of the barrier methods of contraception:
Barrier method prevents the sperm into entering the uterus. Barrier methods include Condom, Diaphragm, cervical cap, Spermicidal sponge, foam etc.
Condoms are one of the most popular contraceptives used by people now a day in order to prevent pregnancy. There are both Male and Female condoms. A male condom is a thin cover made of latex rubber. It is worn to cover the penis while doing intercourse.
It prevents the sperm in entering the uterus and thus prevents pregnancy. On the other hand, female condom is a sheath which is inserted in the female sex organ. The sheath acts as barrier to the sperm to come into the contact of cervix. Condoms should be removed immediately once the intercourse is over. It should not be reused and both the partners should never use condoms at a same time.
Condoms are very effective measures of contraception used to prevent pregnancy. If used perfectly then condoms can be effective up to 98% in preventing pregnancy. The condoms which are made of latex are effective in preventing the sexually transmitted diseases like HIV AIDS also.
Both male and female condoms do not have any side effects. But some time it may cause irritation or allergy to the user. Now a day condoms are available in almost all the stores. These are less expensive and easy to use. Since condoms prevent the STDs so these are recommended by physicians also.
Diaphragm is another measures of contraceptive used to prevent pregnancy. It is a shallow cup shaped soft and thin thing made of silicon or latex. It is inserted into the female sex organ to cover the cervix. It is used as a barrier so that the sperm cannot come into contact with the cervix. In order to get best result, one should use it with spermicide. It should be left for at least 6 hours after the intercourse. Then it can be taken out and washed. Diaphragms are reusable. Diaphragms are available in different sizes and can be used the right size with the help of a doctor. Diaphragm does not give protection against the STDs.
There are four types of diaphragms available. These are:
- The arching spring diaphragm
- The coil spring diaphragm
- The flat spring diaphragm and
- The wide seal rim diaphragm
So with the help of a doctor one can find out the type of diaphragm suitable for her.
Diaphragm is effective when it is used with spermicide. It can give 92-96% accuracy in preventing pregnancy. After using, diaphragm can be removed easily and can be re used. It should be washed with warm water. However no detergent or oil based product should be used to clean the diaphragm.
Using of Diaphragm is very easy and convenient. One can easily use this before going to do intercourse. And one most important thing is that it does not have any serious health issue. However sometime it may cause urinary tract infection and vaginal irritation. Once it is seen, one should immediately contact the physician.
The Intra Uterine Device which also stands for, is another method of birth control used by women to prevent pregnancy. It is the small device which is shaped as T-shaped which is wrapped in copper. It contains hormone in it. The IUD in the uterus is inserted with the help of a doctor. It is one of the most effective, safe and reversible contraception processes of all. There two different types of IUD. These are:
- Hormonal IUD: These releases levonorgestrel. It is form of progestin hormone. It prevents pregnancy for 3-5 years. It prevents pregnancy by killing the sperm. Skyla and Mirena are two brands of IUD under this category.
- Copper IUD: it is one of the most commonly used IUDs. A copper IUD is used for up to 10 years. It releases copper from the copper wire as copper is very toxic to sperm. It helps the uterus in producing fluid, which kills the sperms. It very effective kind of contraceptive.
The IUD is inserted by a doctor. It can be inserted at any time. The insertion procedure is very simple sometime needs a small surgery.
The IUD is a highly effective birth control method. It can give almost 100% accuracy regarding prevention of pregnancy. Apart from this it is less expensive contraception and it does not cause any weight gain. It is a reversible process i.e. it can be removed if one wants to be pregnant. And once it is removed, fertility returns quickly to the woman without causing any problem. It does not interfere in the process of intercourse. The women who need birth control in a long term basis, IUD are the best option.
However there are some side effects of hormonal IUD. These side effects depend on the type of IUD one is used. It may cause breast tenderness, headache, acne etc. Apart from these, it may cause infection when it is put in. A copper IUD may cause heavy bleeding during periods. However, if any symptoms are seen, though rare, then one should immediately contact the physician.
So to conclude, it can be said that these are some contraceptive methods used by women. Among different processes of contraception, these fall into the category of barrier method. These all are very popular and effective birth control measures.
To have a better understanding of the female reproductive anatomy, it is better to study it in two parts the external and the internal female sex organs.
Natural contraceptives mean natural family planning which does not require any medication or device. These methods are natural because these do not require any hormonal manipulation from an external agent. It totally depends on the mindset of the partners involved in the intercourse. Continue reading “The Natural Contraception”
Every month, there comes a phase when your body is most likely to get pregnant. This phase usually lasts for up to six days and is known as the fertile window.
The logic is that a sperm can survive inside a female body for about a week while an egg can survive only for one day. Therefore, if you have sex on or a few days before ovulation, you will be most likely to have a pregnancy.
A pregnant woman goes through a number of physical changes, all of which are geared towards delivering a healthy child without harming the mother. Starting from the day of conception to the day of delivery, pregnancy lasts for 266 days or 38 weeks. This duration can be divided into three periods, each lasting three months and are known as the first, second and third trimesters respectively. Each trimester is accompanied by its own unique set of changes to the body. The earliest symptoms can be very subtle and may not be easily noticeable until weeks. However, some women have also talked about sensing pregnancy within hours of conception.