Birth control is one of the most celebrated and controversial topics in the history of man. Though threats of overpopulation are real, the concept of birth control still remains one of the taboos of modern society. In almost all eras and generations, people have always had opposing beliefs on it.
Since the age of ancient Egypt, humans have been aware of harmful effects of overpopulation and depleting resources. Ancient Egyptians have the earliest records of instructions on how to make a contraceptive pessary. Other early forms of contraceptives are coitus interruptus and ingestion of herbs that are believed to be an abortifacient.
For many Indian families that cannot afford three square meals a day, birth control is essential to provide the next generation a better future. Today’s working woman has a lot more choice when it comes to birth control methods. Indian women today can freely choose any method they prefer to use.
Some of the commonly known artificial methods of birth control are the barrier method (condoms or diaphragms), hormonal, intrauterine method and Ormeloxifene (Centchroman). These methods involve either the intake of hormones that hinder the sperm from reaching the egg, using a physical barrier to prevent the transfer of sperms, or operating on the reproductive organs to block the path of the sperms.
Natural birth control is also available to people who do not believe that science should interfere in the natural ways of man. Some of the methods include behavioral methods, fertility awareness, coitus interruptus, avoiding vaginal intercourse and abstinence during fertile weeks. There are also emergency contraception (morning-after pill) and permanent methods of birth control (vasectomy and tubectomy).
How To Choose Your Birth Control Method
If you’re a sexually active woman and being a mother is not part of your plan at the moment, then you need to take the birth control thing seriously. If you’re new to this, you might want to ask your gynaecologist for answers or visit a a reproductive health clinic.
Being shy about things is not smart in today’s age. If you feel embarrassed to ask questions, you might dealing with a more embarrassing situation when you have to go in for an abortion. When recommending the right birth control method for you, the doctor will need to check your general health and preferences.
An important aspect of birth control pills is being able to remember to take them as often as required. If, for instance, you prefer taking birth control pills but you know you will forget about taking it in the mornings you might want to choose another method.
Other issues include previous pregnancy experiences, issues concerning embarrassing your partner or yourself for that matter, openness of your partner to the method, the risks of exposure to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and other concerns or unanswered questions about your method of choice.
Some questions are hard to deal with while others are not. But to protect your health and prevent unwanted pregnancies or sexually transmitted diseases, these are questions are important to ask sooner than later.
Regardless of the method you choose, no single birth control method is 100% effective. Any claims by any medical company or producer of birth control methods are wrong and are thus unethical business practice.
The same applies to preventing STDs. No birth control method can claim that it can fully prevent infection by STDs. Among the many birth control questions, one that women often ask is, “Will I gain weight if I used birth control pills?” The answer is no.
This is the first in a series of articles on birth control methods for the modern Indian woman. In future articles we will discuss types and side effects of birth control methods. Stay subscribed to our news updates to receive future articles.
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