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Contraception Faqs

Hormonal contraception is a vast form of contraception which composes of combined the contraceptive pill, the mini-pill, the contraceptive patch and the contraceptive ring. In this article you get brief knowledge about every form of contraception. Read further to know which one is effective for you.

Hormonal contraception – is it as effective as other types of contraception?

Hormonal contraception is a popular method of preventing unplanned pregnancy. As the name suggests, it refers to a type of contraception which takes the help of synthetic hormones to influence the reproductive cycle of a woman’s body. The wide array of hormonal contraception ways comprises the combined contraceptive pill, the mini-pill, the contraceptive patch and the contraceptive ring. It works towards the release of steady doses of synthetic female hormones in the body which helps in preventing pregnancy. Over the years, hormonal contraception has proven to be almost 100% effective in preventing pregnancy. However, if it is not used correctly then it can effectively be reduced to a considerable amount. For instance, if you miss any of your oral pills or do not place the contraceptive patch correctly, it can greatly affect the efficacy of hormonal contraception. Hence, it is advisable to consult a doctor properly before using any form of contraception.

Different hormonal contraception and weight gain

There is a wide variety of different hormonal contraceptives, namely the combined oral contraceptive pill, the mini-pill, the contraceptive ring, the contraceptive patch, the contraceptive implant, the contraceptive injection and the intrauterine system (IUS). All these hormonal contraceptives contain different dosages of hormone and use different ways to direct these hormones in your body. It is generally believed that usage of hormonal contraceptive methods can cause weight gain. However, there is no truth to it. There is no evidence which can prove that weight gain is actually related to hormonal contraception as a side effect. It may cause bloating and water retention in the body, but this is temporary effect which disappears as the body gets accustomed to the hormonal changes in your body.

Hormonal contraception – its side effects and relation with fertility

Like other medications, even hormonal contraception can lead to some side effects. Women using hormonal contraception have reported to experience nausea, headache, breast tenderness, mood swings and spotting between periods. However, hormonal contraception can never affect your fertility. The contraceptive effects are short-term and last as long as you continue the treatment. The fertility level returns to normal stage as the use of contraception is stopped.

Hormonal contraceptives for men – do they exist?

The easy availability and effectiveness of hormonal contraception sometimes makes men wonder about the effect of hormonal contraception on them. Are there any hormonal contraceptives available for men? The answer would be simple no, as there no hormonal options available for men in terms of contraception. The hormonal contraceptives are designed in a way that it can affect only the female reproductive cycle to prevent pregnancy. Even if any man tries to use a hormonal contraception, it would not cause any kind of impact.

Taking hormonal contraceptives

The intake or usage of hormonal contraception depends on the type of contraception you choose. If you take the combined pill then you need to take it for 21 days of your menstrual cycle and should be taken at the same time every day. Mini-pills are every day pills which should be taken for 28 days and each pill contains the same level of hormone. The effect of injections and the IUS lasts for several years once they are administered or fitted in the body respectively. The contraceptive rings are inserted once per menstrual cycle, while a contraceptive patch should be changed one a week. If you are looking for a long term contraceptive method then you can consider using an IUD. Although, it is not a hormonal contraception method, it protects against pregnancy for many years.

Can I try different types of hormonal contraception to see which is best for me or suits me?

There are so many types of hormonal contraceptives from which you can choose after a discussion with your doctor. In case one of the combination pills does not suit your body then you can automatically switch to another. The contraception which causes the minimum side effects is best for your body.