In today’s society, there is a common perception that the use of contraceptives are primarily to prevent pregnancy. While, in most cases, this may be true, many women utilize contraceptive devices and medications as a method for regulating hormonal activity. Regardless of the basis for contraceptive use, many women struggle with the decision of contraception types based on adverse health implications. Understanding the negative health implications of various contraceptives, will provide women with a more educated basis when making this important life decision.
Birth Control Pills:
Taken orally, birth control pills provide a daily release of female hormones. Commonly used as a hormone regulator, the birth control pill may produce side effects including nausea, headache, weight gain and for women who smoke, the birth control pill places them at higher risk for blood clots. While The Pill is highly successful in preventing pregnancy, and regulating hormones, many women are unable to take The Pill due to the side effects and contraindications.
in the physicians office, the IUD is successful in preventing pregnancy through its ability to block the fallopian tube passage thereby preventing sperm from reaching and fertilizing an egg. Although there is generally no long term complications associated with the IUD, the device does create common side effects including heavy menstrual cycles, bloating and cramping. For some women, these side effects are of such significance that the IUD is commonly removed within weeks of insertion.
Inserted vaginally, the diaphragm is a small plastic contraceptive device. As an effective form of birth contrinsertion.Diaphragmas many disadvantages. The most common disadvantage lies within the need to insert the diaphragm prior to intercourse and then leave the diaphragm in place for up to six hours following intercourse. Because of this process, the diaphragm is often misused as a form of birth control. Disadvantages, in using a diaphram, also involve the use of spermicide which can create a difficult sexual experience for both you and your partner. Fitting tdiaphramragm requires measurement by your physician which adds to the complication associated with use.
Utilized by men, during intercourse, condoms may present a variety of health hazards to women. Most notably, for women with latex sensitivities, the latex condom can produce a severe allergic reaction. Additionally, as a contraceptive device, the condom is successful in preventing pregnancy when used appropriately. However, when not fitted correctly or removed properly, the condom can result in not only pregnancy but create further infections in women.
Birth Control Patches:
Similar to that of the oral birth control contraceptive pill, the birth control patch provides a release of hormones through absorption in the skin. While considered an effective means of contraception, the patch must be removed and reapplied weekly often leading to failure to regulate usage. Additionally, the patch can only be placed in specific areas of the body leading many women to struggle with image and dressing issues so as to ensure the patch is properly covered. As with The Pill, the birth control patches may also cause significant adverse reactions due to hormonal imbalance.
While contraception is a common method for preventing pregnancy and regulating hormones, many women will make decisions with regard to contraception without understanding the negative health implications. By following this general guide of adverse or contraindicated conditions, women will be more informed into the choice of contraception with a basic knowledge of the advantages and, now, the disadvantages as well.