Friday, October 2, 2020

5 Accessible Birth Control Methods In The Philippines

5 Accessible Birth Control Methods In The Philippines

Spotlight

EDSA Busway System To Implement Fully Cashless Transactions With Beep Cards

Cashless transactions via Beep card will begin on October 1.

SM Wins At 2019 Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards

The SM Investments Corporation has bagged yet again another award!

7 Commandments To Revitalize The Country Safely

Medical experts recommend strict health protocols for public transportation.

Alibaba Cloud Launches New Digital Ecosystem Strategy In The Philippines

This will help local businesses adapt further to the new normal!

When thinking or hearing about birth control, you might automatically remember “the pill”. In reality, birth control is not limited to the pill. There are several methods that vary in effectivity and how often you need to take or replace it.

Birth control is important in feminine health not only to prevent pregnancies or sexually transmitted diseases (STD) but also control hormones that may be imbalanced.

Here are some methods of birth control that you can know more about:

1. The Pill

Also called “the pill”, this method of birth control can prevent pregnancies but does not protect you against STDs. The pill method is 91% effective and can be tedious to take every day. Some birth control pills may be purchased over the counter.

The pill becomes effective after 7 days of consecutive and on-time intake. So, if you forget to take your pill or forget to grab next month’s set of pills, it will decrease its effectivity.

In a nutshell, the pill contains hormones that stops ovulation. Halting ovulation means that there is no egg for the sperm to fertilize, thus largely decreasing the chance of pregnancy. What’s great about the birth control pill is that its usage is not limited to preventing pregnancy. Doctors can prescribe it to women with hormonal imbalance or those with severe period cramps.

2. Intrauterine Device (IUD)

An Intrauterine device (IUD) is a small t-shaped device that goes inside a woman’s uterus. This method is popular because its efficiency goes up to 99%. Aside from that, it is also reversible and does not require to be taken consistently like the pill. An IUD can last from 3 years up to 12 years, depending on the one you get. There are hormonal IUDs and non-hormonal IUDs, too. Both kinds, however, have the T-shape which changes the way the sperms move to make it more difficult for it to reach the egg.

A hormonal IUD prevents pregnancy by thickening the mucus in your cervix. Doing so blocks the sperm from reaching the egg. Another way hormonal IUDs prevent pregnancies is by releasing hormones that prevent ovulation, similar to birth control.

Meanwhile, non-hormonal IUDs are made out of copper, which is toxic to sperm and eggs, so it is virtually impossible for the sperm to get to the egg if the copper is blocking its path. Non-hormonal IUDs can last up to 12 years but can make periods heavier and more painful during the first few months of usage.

3. Depo Shot

The birth control shot is 94% effective but has to be done on a schedule of around every 3 months. To reach its full effectivity, you have to remember to visit your clinic regularly. Just like the pill and IUDs, the shot releases a hormone called progestin which prevents ovulation and also thickens the cervical mucus.

4. Implant

Photo Credit: verywellhealth.com

The birth control implant is a plastic tiny rod that is implanted into your arm. It has a 99% effectivity and can last up to 5 years. Just like the methods mentioned, the implant releases progestin and thickens the cervical mucus. What’s great about the implant is that if you decided to get pregnant, it can be removed and revert your ovulation. It is also long-term and reversible.

5. Birth Control Patch

Photo Credit: self.com

The birth control patch can be placed on different parts of the body, depending on your doctor. It is 91% effective and has to be changed weekly. The patch also releases progestin and thickens the cervical mucus, which helps in preventing pregnancy.

These are just some methods of birth control that may do the same thing, but vary in effectivity, cost, tediousness, and length of effectivity. Most especially, these methods and the side effects that follow vary for every woman.

Women can choose which birth control method to apply depending on their personal preference, lifestyle, and the doctors recommendation.

Latest News

Smile Train Philippines Celebrates World Smile Day

Make sure to witness the launch of #540Today, which conveys that 540 babies around the world are born with a cleft every day.

NegOcc Harvests First Sugarcane-Rice Intercrop Project

The sugarcane-rice cropping system project of the Negros Occidental provincial government reaps its first harvest in the pilot site located in Barangay Aranda, Hinigaran town.

Internet Hotspots Installed In Ilocos Norte Schools

Community internet hotspots in the towns of Pinili, Paoay, Currimao, and Badoc in the second district of Ilocos Norte are currently being tested to ensure all learners can connect under the new normal education system.

GenSan Extends GCQ Status Until Oct. 15

General Santos City is placed under GCQ until October 15 due to the rise of COVID-19 cases in the province.

Mayor Abby: Makati Rolls Out Learning Continuity Plan For Blended Learning

The Makati city government rolls out its Learning Continuity Plan for the school year 2020-2021, in preparation for the blended learning approach in the city.

Bloom In A Swipe With The New L’Oreal Paris Blooming Kisses Bullet Lipsticks!

Stay captivating with the smokey pink shades of L’Oréal Paris!

realme 7 Series And Buds Q Now Official In PH, Offer An Elevated Experience

Fans will enjoy a wide array of launch promos for the three devices both online and in-stores!

Cebu City Logs Low COVID-19 Positivity Rate

The Emergency Operations Center has seen a downtrend in the COVID-19 positivity rate in Cebu City, with 0.7 percent logged on Tuesday night.