Contraception | Which one is for me?

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There are so many forms of contraceptions nowadays that it's a minefield even for the most experienced of users. And I'd like to class myself as fairly well versed in the contraception department so I decided I would do a post outlining the key points of the main forms of contraception.

Condom -

We'll start off with the most common one, the condom. This little latex, sombrero shaped penis cuddler has been used for years and there's good reason for that. These gems are 98% effective when used correctly and are the only form of contraception to offer protection against STI's. Some of the most common reasons the condom failing to work are placing the condom on after bodily fluids have already touched the vagina, putting it on back to front and changing it over, exposing the condom to the pre-cum, using the wrong size and it breaking and the condom having pasted the expiry date.

Hormonal pill -

These have become increasing popular the past few years and this is due to their convince and easy of use. They're great for unplanned sex as you only have to remember to take the pill every day and you are protected against unwanted pregnancy. However, they don't offer protection against STI's. They can also help to relieve symptoms of a heavy or painful menstrual cycle for many women. This isn't always the case though as I found the pill (I've tried many different forms from Rigevidon to Yasmin) always made my periods heavier and a lot more painful and I was always more emotional.

Implant -

The hormonal implant is much like the pill in that it releases hormones to prevent unwanted pregnancy. However, rather than having to remember to take the pill every day, the device sits under your skin in your upper arm. It lasts for 3 years before it needs changing and like the pill, can offer some relief during the menstrual cycle. Again however, I found this was untrue for me and only made my period experiences worsen. But everyone is different and you have to find what works for you.

IUD -

These can either be hormonal or copper. The hormonal IUD can offer the same relief or issues as the pill or implant. The copper one is a more popular choice as it doesn't affect your menstrual cycle or hormones. Like the implant, you don't have to remember to take it as it sits in the uterus and prevents sperm reaching the egg. They last for 5-10 years and are 99% effective. The only form of contraception more effective is sterilisation. Your GP may be reluctant to give you one if you are below 30 and have yet to conceive. And many women feel uncomfortable at the thought of an IUD.

What forms of contraception have tried?
What works best for you?

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