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Assessing Long-Term Contraceptive Methods

You have just introduced your new boyfriend to your parents, and you now awkwardly await to hear them utter that seven-word phrase that automatically induces you into a state of cringe and mock innocence: ‘Lets chat about staying safe. This talk is dominated by awkward hand holds and the use of every word relating to sex that isn’t sex- if you are lucky, you may even get mum or dad reminiscing about their past experiences with the so-called ‘birds and the bees. With new relationships come new sexual revelations and to ensure the safety of yourself and your partner-long term contraception methods need to be summoned. Like the act of sex, contraception is an entirely private and personal affair. What worked for your Mum’s long-lost auntie in the 1920s does not work for you, and fears concerning what it may do to your mental and physical health are entirely familiar. Cancer, depression, hormonal imbalance, all phrases loaded with death and destruction, welcome you when you embark along the path of protected sex online. I am here today to reassure you and guide you toward what will work best for you and give you the safest and best sex of your life! 

It is an overwhelming experience searching for the best long-term method of contraception that suits you. The search for the best long-term method of contraception that works for you is a long onewhich isn’t helped by the mass amount of horror stories that friends, sisters, and even cousins alike will share with you when guiding you to the best one. Depending on your lifestyle, age, health factors, and flow, the methods of contraception today will work differently and more effectively from person to person. Split into long-acting and short-acting reversible methods, all contraception can be reversed, yet some involve more effort than others. Short-acting methods like the pill, the injection, and the cervical cap have a much shorter shelf life than long-acting methods like the IUD and the implant, meaning once they are stopped being taken, the chances of getting pregnant are much more accessible and permanent. 

With long-acting methods, short surgical procedures are usually required, which ensure protection for a certain number of years. Sisters IUD and IUS are recognized as the most effective forms of long-acting methods and involve the release of progesterone (or copper in the case of the IUD) to stop a fertilized egg from implanting in the womb. This may not be suitable for those who turn away from having a device permanently inside them, and you may turn to the contraceptive pill instead. If you do not rely on yourself to take medicine every day at the same time, then the injection (also known as the shot) may be more suitable for those who want something with more longevity, lasting for thirteen weeks. 

When choosing long-term contraception, you must consider your relationship with your periods, as some methods have more impact than others. The implant, a tiny rod placed under the skin of your arm, can cause irregular periods when first fitted, and the IUS can make your periods a lot lighter. In the case of the pill, you will have no periods for as long as you take it, yet not taking it for a week after a few months is advised by doctors to rest your body. Some experience excruciating and ongoing periods after getting fitted with the IUD, so the message is clear: Know your flow before you go so you don’t have problems in the long run.

All contraceptives can affect mood, skin health, weight, and bodily function in different ways, and some see this come into play after a few weeks or even months of taking such. If you are nervous about taking the pill just because it made your friend’s skin terrible, it doesn’t mean this will also happen to you. Each method reacts separately to different people and responds differently to others, and stopping and changing long-term contraception is very common and a perfectly okay thing to do. 

It’s a classic story; you hear about a friend of a friend that was taking her pill and still got pregnant. The success rate of long-term contraception has just as much significance as the side effects it will have on your body, and the chances of pregnancy vary from each one, so they are essential to note. The IUD and the IUS (long-acting) are regarded as the most successful in preventing pregnancy, with less than one percent of users becoming accidentally pregnant while on it. The pill, and the shot, despite its 1 in 100 birth rate, are less reliable if missed or not taken, increasing the risk of pregnancy by 6%. Designed to prevent pregnancy solely, unfortunately, there are no -long-term contraceptives out there that come with the power to prevent STDS. To stay pregnancy and infection-freecondoms are your best friend, protecting both you and your sexual partner from motherhood and any sneaky STDS that may come your way. 

A contraception misconception is believing that the conversation surrounds anyone who can get pregnant and that the pressure lands on them to seek out contraception and get themselves on it. In recent years, science has welcomed men into the conversation that surrounds staying safe, and the opportunity of male contraceptives will soon be on the table. 

Contraception should not be a scary or unclear prospect for anyone who has started having sex or has had sex for years and has decided to go on it. Making sure you are safe and secure in the bedroom can lead to a much healthier and more confident sex life- and who doesn’t want that? 


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