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Different ways you can prevent pregnancy with their pros and cons

 

The Male Condom

A sheath usually made of latex that covers the penis and blocks sperm from reaching the vagina

 

How effective? 95%. But in actual use about 85%

Side effects: some people have a latex allergy

Female condoms

Cheap also, but availability is not as common as the male condom, it is put into the vagina and blocks sperms from reaching the uterus.

 

Side effects: allergies to latex

How effective? About 79%

 

Many people do not know how to use it properly, some haven’t seen it.

Side effects: some people have a latex allergy

 

Cervical cap:

A cap-like device that covers the cervix, can also be filled with spermicides(substances that kill sperms.

 

The issue is that it has to be in for some hours after sex and some people can develop very serious reactions to the spermicide.

 

How effective? 80%

 

Implants:

 

As big as a match stick, it is implanted under the skin, usually in the upper arm

 

It affects the cervical mucus and affects ovulation. Can last for 5 years

 

How effective? 99%

 

Some side effects: weight gain, breasts tenderness, acne, irregular periods

Copper IUD:


This is placed inside the womb,

It prevents the fertilized egg from joining the womb.

 

Can be used for up to 10 years

How effective? 99%

 

Some side effects: cramps, spotting, sometimes can go missing in the womb.

 

Hormonal IUD:

 

Same as above, the only difference is this one has a hormone that also blocks ovulation and makes cervical mucus thick

How effective? 99+%

Side effects; same as above plus irregular periods.

 

Combined Oral Contraceptive Pills

You take this one every day, and it also helps to block the cervix by increasing the mucus production and blocking ovulation

 

It can also reduce the menstrual symptoms

 

How effective: 91%

 

It can reduce your risk of ovarian cancer.

Emergency Pills

These are the ones commonly know as Back Up, Postinor

 

WORKS for up to 72 hours after unprotected sex

 

Effectiveness drops as time passes, can be as high as 98% in the first 24 hours

 

Not to be taken often, if you are using it often, use a more regular method.

 

Bilateral tubal ligation and hysterectomy.

 

They remove the womb or tie the tubes that bring the egg to the womb

 

How effective: 99+%

Side effects: ectopic pregnancy for some people. Mood changes, depression, etc.

Vasectomy:

 

The tubes that bring sperm into the penis is cut

Meaning no sperms…

How effective: 99+%

Side effects; you can only start having unprotected sex after three months after they have verified that there is no sperm in your ejaculate.

 

Natural methods

 

The couple keeps track of the fertile days of the woman, and avoid sex on those days and about 5 days leading to those days

 

She can also measure her basal body temperature method as well as the thickness of the cervical mucus

 

Can be difficult to use correctly.

 

Withdrawal:

Here the man removes his penis just before ejaculation:

 

This method can be quite unreliable as it has a failure rate of as high as 27%

 

Some men have been shown to have sperm cells in their pre ejaculate, or precum as some call it.

 

Please bear in mind that this thread is not exhaustive. For more information on which is best for you. Visit your doctor for a consultation.

 

Or follow @CCSImpact, they will point you in the right direction.

 

What may work for you, might not work for another.

 

Aproko Doctor

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