Nothing is worse than a pregnancy scare when you are not ready to be a mother.
If you are ready to have sex, then it is time to start thinking about contraception. Birth control will give you peace of mind and prevent any unwanted pregnancies. There are a number of options for different people. We have made a list of a few of the most popular contraceptives to help you make the choice.
The pill is one of the most popular contraceptives. You have to take the pill the same time every day for it to work effectively. You cannot skip the pill for more than three days in a row in order for the pill to work. The pill only lasts for 28 days and you should get a new pack every time. Your local clinic should provide it for free, alternatively, you can buy it at a pharmacy with a doctor’s prescription.
The 2 month and 3-month injection
The injection is another commonly used contraceptive. It is common because of its easy accessibility. One injection can last for up to 2 or 3 months depending on which brand you choose. One advantage of the injection is that you don’t have to remember to take it every day. The injection does, however, affect your menstrual cycle, and you may skip your period or have longer or shorter periods. Community clinics offer the injection for free and without a prescription
The IUD or as it's more commonly known, the coil, is an insertable contraceptive. The IUD is inserted into your uterus by your doctor. There are two types of IUDs; hormonal and copper. Hormonal IUDs can last for 3 to 5 years and copper IUDs (the most commonly used) can prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years. The IUD is both long lasting and easily reversible but not really easily accessible. You can inquire if your local clinic offers the IUD or alternatively, you can pay for it at a private doctor.
The condom is the best form of contraceptive because it prevents both pregnancy and STIs including HIV. Advantages of using a condom include its accessibility (you can get it easily at your nearest public clinic), the price (It’s FREE!), and its double protection (No pregnancy or diseases. Yay!) The condom also has no effect on your body since your not ingesting anything or having anything inserted. Remember now, you cannot reuse the same condom so you have to use a new one every time that you have sex.
Condoms are also prone to tearing or breaking if used incorrectly. (Learn how to safely use condoms correctly here)
You should use your own discretion when choosing a contraceptive but remember to double up with a condom. Most contraceptives don’t protect you from STIs and that’s why we advise that you continue to use condoms even if you’re using one of the other contraceptives.
Have you used any of these contraceptives? Share your experience in the comment section.