Different Contraceptive Methods You Can Try Besides The Pill

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Finding what suits you best can be hard sometimes, some women are lucky to immediately find a method that works for them. But that wasn’t the case for me, I tried the injection shots, my body did not react well to it and I finally discovered the patch which works perfectly for me.

According to the Department of Health, an estimated 65% of women are on some form of contraceptive in South Africa. Years ago, women did not have options when it came to family planning. But with new developments, they now have a far wider choice range such as hormonal methods that are for long-term use implants, injects and IUD (the loop). Short-term solutions include the pill, patch and condoms.

Gynaecologists in the Health Department of family planning services, say while one method may be safe for you, another might not be as ideal. Therefore, it is important to consult a health-care professional who will weigh the risks and benefits of different methods before recommending one. They say the benefits of contraceptives far outweigh the risks. For example, oral contraceptives can help to clear up acne and protect you against ovarian and uterine cancer.

Besides the pill and injection, you can try one of these methods:

IUD: If you are forgetful, then this is the perfect choice for you. It works for up to 10 years. So if you are looking to fall pregnant, this is the best option. The bad side it may cause irregular bleeding, headaches or nausea.

PATCH: This method works if you are not organised. You use one patch a week and go without it on the third one. It does not affect your menstrual cycle. The bad side it may increase the risk of blood clots.

IMPLANT: This is one of the most effective contraceptive methods available, because it lasts long and is reversible. Also, it does not require any action from you. The bad side it might cause nausea, mood swings and irregular periods.