What You Need to Know About Contraceptive Birth Controls
The methods that are used to prevent women and young girls from becoming pregnant are called birth control methods. These methods use contraceptives like abstinence from sex, medication or the use of various items by women or men. However, the only way that provides 100% assurance that pregnancy will not occur is abstinence. If women and young girls are not participating in sexual activities, there is no way they can get pregnant.
There are a wide variety of contraceptive birth control methods that are available apart from abstinence. All it requires is little research on your part to find which method will best suit you and your partner.
Methods of contraceptive birth control
A very popular and readily available method of birth control is the use of condoms. They not only have the ability to prevent pregnancy, but they can also protect against sexually transmitted infections.Condoms have proven to be effective, safe and convenient, and may be of use in the case of vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Also, they are very affordable.
Condoms are placed over the penis to collect the semen from a man when he ejaculates, thus preventing entry of the sperm into the vagina and by extension pregnancy. They also impede the entry of ejaculate fluids into the vagina, mouth, and anus and hence can protect against sexually transmitted infections. Condoms if not compromised by air, light or temperature and if used in the right way, then they can be very effective. It is advisable that the condom package should not be opened with a sharp object or your teeth. Also do not keep condoms in your wallet, back pocket or car for a long time. Instead keep them unopened in their original package until you are ready to use them.
The pill is another form of contraceptive. These pills are taken by women daily to prevent pregnancy. These pills contain hormones which prevent the ovary of a woman from releasing eggs and allow the thickening of the cervical mucus, so as to block the sperm from getting to the egg. As in the case of most contraceptives, the pill can be very effective if it is used regularly and consistently as instructed by the manufacturer.
For most women using the pill is a safe way to prevent pregnancy. However, there are side effects. If you have problems with your blood clotting, you should take the progestin-only pill. If you have trouble with migraine headaches with aura, blood clots, vein inflammation, have suffered a stroke, heart attack, and angina, the combination pill is not recommended for you. However, the pill does have its advantages. The pill is very convenient and easy to use; it will make your menstrual periods lighter, reduce your menstrual cramps, and help in protecting you from a pelvic inflammatory disease which can cause infertility.