Deciding on birth control: Vasectomy – permanent contraception for men.

Vasectomy (sometimes called ‘the snip’) is a permanent birth control method for a man.  It’s for you if you and your partner are sure that you don’t want, or don’t want any more children.

In most States and countries it’s not a legal requirement for the female partner to give her consent to vasectomy, but your doctor may ask if this is a joint decision for you both.

It can be reversed but the operation is complicated and isn’t always successful.  This is why it’s important that your decision to have a vasectomy is a final one.

In this article we’ll look at the pros and cons of vasectomy, including what the operation entails. Continue reading

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Deciding on birth control: the birth control injection.

The contraceptive injection is another very reliable use-and-forget method of birth control.

It’s given once every 12 weeks or 8 weeks (depending on the brand).

We’re going to look at the pros and cons for the birth control injection so that you can see whether it might be right for you. Continue reading

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Deciding on birth control: Caps and Diaphragms.

Caps and diaphragms fit over the cervix to prevent the sperm from reaching an egg.  Like condoms, they are called ‘barrier methods’ of contraception.

They’re not as reliable as some other forms of birth control but have advantages that you may prefer.  We’re going to look at these here. Continue reading

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Deciding on birth control: Natural birth control with fertility awareness.

Natural birth control, or fertility awareness, is a method that lets you listen to your body so that you know your most fertile time.  During that fertile time you abstain from sex or use other methods such as the condom or diaphragm.

It needs a lot of dedication from both partners but may be worthwhile if you don’t want to take pills etc, or have religious or other concerns about contraception.

This isn’t a ‘how to do natural contraception’ article; we’re going to look at what natural birth control needs you to do.  If you want to find out more then you should have more in depth teaching from a professional. Continue reading

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Deciding on birth control: the birth control implant.

The birth control implant is another reliable fit-and-forget contraception.  The hormone coil and copper coils are other birth control methods that you don’t have to think about.

The implant is about the size of a hair grip/barrette and sits under the skin in the upper arm.  It can’t be seen and lasts for 3 years.

In this article we’re going to look at this method of birth control and whether it might be right for you. Continue reading

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Deciding on birth control: the mini-pill.

The ‘mini-pill’, or progesterone only pill (also called the POP) is a cousin to the combined birth control pill.  It may suit some women who are unable to take the combined pill.

The term ‘combined’ refers to the pill having both progesterone and oestrogens in it.

The progesterone only pill, unsurprisingly, just contains progesterone.

Here, we’ll look at the pros and cons of the mini birth control pill. Continue reading

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Deciding on birth control: the coil and the hormone coil.

Deciding on the coil or hormone coil for birth control.The coil is a reliable method of birth control.  It is also a method that you can forget about – no pills to remember or condoms to buy etc.

There are 2 types of coil – the copper coil, also called an intra-uterine contraceptive device (IUCD); and the hormone coil, also called an intra-uterine contraceptive system (IUCS).  We’re going to talk about both of these here. Continue reading

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Deciding on birth control: using condoms.

The condom is one of the best known methods of birth control.  They are even said to have been used by Casanova, the Italian womanizer of the 1700s.

What are their advantages and disadvantages and how do you use them properly?  We’ll look at all that here.  Continue reading

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Deciding on birth control: the female condom.

All about the female condom.This isn’t a type of contraception we hear a lot about, but the female condom celebrated its 20th birthday in 2012.

Learn about its advantages and disadvantages here. Continue reading

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Deciding on birth control: the birth control pill.

There are 2 types of contraceptive pill – the progesterone-only pill (sometimes called the mini-pill or the POP) and the more common combined pill.  The combined birth control pill has oestrogen and progesterone in it and has been used as contraception since the 1960s.

 

We’re going to talk about the combined birth control pill in this article. Continue reading

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