In this ever-changing world of medicine, the advancement of the different forms of birth control still amaze me. Women have a choice between the old fashioned pill, Norplant implants, Net-En, and the Depo-Provera injection, just to name a few. In my research I found that the Depo-Provera injection was the most effective, noninvasive form of birth control available today.
Contraception has been around for thousands of years. Several methods and technologies have occurred over these years to help further the effectiveness of contraception. Contraceptives come in all shapes and sizes and each one has different qualities including, their strengths and weaknesses. The most commonly used contraceptive is a condom, which helps prevent pregnancies and the transmission of sexual diseases. One large advance for contraception is birth control, which falls almost completely under women. Only two forms of contraceptives are for men; condoms and vasectomies. Providing a birth control for men, knowing the chemical abilities to
Who in here has heard of or even know what the term birth control is? According to medicinenet.com, birth control is the use of any practices, methods, or devices to prevent pregnancy from occuring in sexually active women. Today, I will be talking about a couple of methods of birth control which include: the pill, the patch, and the implant. Another method I will be talking to you about isn’t always considered a form of birth control, but it actually is; condoms. My goal today is to not only inform you of the many birth controls but to also encourage you to look at the pros and the cons of every method if you are using contraception. Birth control is a very broad topic with many alternatives which can impact your lifestyle in many ways, therefore you should consider these alternatives before applying any form of contraceptive into your body and find the method that works best for you.
Another common contraceptive is IUDs, which are even more at risk with STDs and pelvic inflammatory disease. Not just that, but it also weakens your immune system that helps fight viruses. As well as causing a delay in a woman's menstrual cycle, unusual spotting, heavy discharge, or infections. One of the most harmful side effects comes with hormonal contraceptives. Women have to be alert and attentive with the contraceptive. If women are not cautious with some of the hormonal birth control such as an oral contraceptive, it could lead to a serious blockage of to the heart that could cause a heart attack (Draper 321). Women have to be as careful about this contraceptive that she has to go to a health care provider frequently to make sure everything is going well. When the woman’s does not take care of themselves, it also leads to problems with the women hormones called Progestin and Estrogen. London Draper is shown on a table that it can lead to depression, jaundice, fatigue, hypertension, headaches, Hirsutism, weight gain, acne/oily skin and so many more side effects (321).
According to Professor Janet E. Smith, “98% of all women ages 15-44 have used some type of birth control.” Birth control is not something most women think hard about taking. In today’s society, many people rather take the easy way out of most situations. Instead of dealing with short term pain they rather seize it immediately without paying attention to the long-term effects. Birth Control is used for many different reasons such as preventing pregnancy, clearing acne and stopping heavy blood flow. Once women see what good it does for them they do not even pay attention to the bad, which is where those long-term effects come in. Some harmful side effects of birth control are weight gain, heavy bleeding, and Osteoporosis. Just like any other medication it can be helpful and harmful but in this case birth control is more harmful to a woman’s body than it is helpful.
The most popular non-digestible type of birth control is the NuvaRing. Just like the combination pill, it releases progestin and estrogen to stop ovulation. The NuvaRing is not surgically implanted
As a result, the cervical mucus makes it challenging for sperm to enter the uterus. Estrogen and progesterone are distributed in excess amounts and deceive the body into thinking it is pregnant. These contraceptives also cause the uterus lining to thin, in effect; a fertilized egg is less likely to attach itself to the uterus. (Oral Contraceptives and Cancer Risks) Birth control pills are chemicals and hormones that women are ingesting religiously on a daily basis. It is of the utmost importance to examine the effects of birth control pills in women’s body.
Barrier devices are spermicides, sponges, diaphragm and cervical caps, sponges and male and female condoms. These are known as “the sperm blockers,” because they physically block the sperm from the eggs (Birth Control, 2015-2017). Another method is hormonal, which is the most common technique and includes the pill, shot, patch, and ring.
Prescription birth control pills are the most popular form of contraceptive in the United States. The pill is a medication that women can take daily to prevent pregnancy. They are made up of hormones; some are made up of two hormones, estrogen and progestin, while others only contain progestin. The hormones prevent the ovaries from releasing eggs, and make the woman’s cervical mucus thicker, making it more difficult for the sperm to reach the eggs. According to Planned Parenthood, less than 1 in 100 women will get pregnant in each year if they always take the pill each day as directed, and approximately 9 out of 100 women will get pregnant each year if they don’t always take the pill as directed. Some additional benefits of taking birth control are reduced menstrual cramps, lighter periods, protection against pelvic inflammatory disease, reduced acne, and protection against bone thinning, heavy and/or irregular cramps, serious infections in the ovaries, tubes, and uterus, and more. A few common side effects are
Many over the counter medications have side effects as well; people should read the labels on medication before getting them. One big problem to be concerned about is increased “blood clots in some women” (Rettner). Other common side effects are nausea, headaches, weight gain, mood changes, and missed periods. Females that have high blood pressure, breast cancer and have a chance of or are pregnant should not take the drug. All females should still have “conversations with their doctor which birth control” is right for them (Rettner). Women should have access to birth control without a prescription, although there are many side
The birth control pill is seen as harmful to a woman’s body because it makes her infertile by interfering with her reproductive system. The Catholic Church considers this to be unhealthy. It is also believed that the pill causes serious side effects, some of which can be life threatening. This includes cancer and strokes due to blood-clots. Some forms of birth control pills are considered to be chemical contraceptives which prevent implantation of a fertilized egg in the walls of the uterus. This causes a woman to self-abort sometimes without even knowing that she is pregnant. Examples of chemical contraceptives include ‘Norplant’ and ‘the Patch’
As a mother with five children, I believe your best option is implantable devices. Birth control pill will clear your skin, ease blood flow and pain. The risk with taking the pill are reducing libido (sex desire), mess up your cycle making it irregular, make you gain weight and blood clots. The increase of estrogen makes your blood thicken (Tarkan, 2008). Mechanical barriers will prevent sperm from entering the uterus. The barriers include diaphragms male/female condoms, and cervical cap. The barriers help to have safe sex, preventing STDS. Diaphragm and cervical cap are meant to be put in hours before sex, do not need to be token out for hours. Barriers do not protect against STIs, can cause a urinary tract infection, and need to be placed
Mirena side effects may include headaches, lower abdominal or back pain, infection, perforation, acne, breast tenderness, breakthrough hemorrhage, infection, periods may possibly discontinue after one year of use, mood changes, weight increase, and ovarian cysts. While using this hormonal IUD about 2/1,000 women become pregnant within the first year. Skyla is the latest type of IUD that is around at the moment, which was introduced as the third type of IUD in 2013, which in fact is very similar to the Mirena in many ways. Skyla can be used for up to 3 years, and it is also a hormonal releasing birth control. Skyla was marketed primarily for women who have not yet had children. Side effects of Skyla include bloating, nausea, headaches, and/or breast pain. Skyla is also smaller than other IUD’s which means that it is more at ease to insert.
As a result of the clinical trials and other studies, the FDA requires that the patient should be given a copy of the medication guide and patient agreement. These require that each patient understand and sign a form that has information on what side effects can and probably will occur, in addition to other pertinent information regarding the drug. The side effects that most patients can expect to occur are vaginal bleeding and uterine cramping. Most bleeding or spotting lasts for an average of 9 to 16 days. Other commonly reported side effects include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Rarely occurring side effects include pelvic pain, fainting, headache, dizziness, and asthenia (FDA, 2000).
Condoms help in preventing pregnancy if used correctly. They are made from soft plastic and helps protect against STD’s. The condom also acts as a barrier so the sperm does not enter the uterus. This method is only used when you need it and are convenient to take with you. The Patch releases hormones which keep the eggs from leaving the ovaries. Without an egg there can’t be a pregnancy.