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If you had sex and didn't use any type of birth control, you might need emergency contraception.
A woman should only use this type of contraceptive in an emergency. Use it if you didn’t have safe sex — for example, if you didn't use a condom or IUD, or missed a birth control pill.
Also called the ‘morning after pill’ or ‘day after pill’, it’s a type of hormonal contraception. You can find it sold under different brand names such as Plan B and Postinor 2.
This type of pill is not the same as an abortion pill. It does not end a woman’s pregnancy, but prevents it. It works by slowing down or preventing ovulation.
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If you you’re a woman with only one sex partner and a low risk of getting an STD, an IUD may be right for you.
Using an IUD is not considered safe sex because it does not protect you from STIs.
However, with a correctly inserted IUD, your chance of getting pregnant is less than 1%.
IUD stands for ‘Intrauterine Device’. It's an implantable birth control that fits inside your uterus.
It prevents pregnancy by making it more difficult for sperm to reach your eggs. It can also stop a fertilised egg from implanting in your uterus.
IUDs start working quickly and last 3 to 10 years, depending on the type.
One type of IUD is hormonal contraception. This type of contraceptive implant is also called an IUS, for ‘Intrauterine System’. It releases progestogen into your body, a hormone that is also in birth control pills. These IUDs can make your period lighter.
The other type is a copper IUD. It doesn’t use hormones, but the copper prevents pregnancy. It can make your periods heavier, but last longer than a hormonal IUD.
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Birth Control Pills
Birth control pills are a type of hormonal contraception for women.
When you take them correctly, your chance of getting pregnant is less than 1%.
The most common type of contraceptive pills are 'combined pills' that have more than one type of hormone.
Combined pills release hormones that change your body. They make it harder to become pregnant.
They can also have other benefits. They help make your period more regular and your cramps lighter. They can lower your risk of some cancers. And they might clear up acne.
But they do not protect you from STIs such as HIV, syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhoea.
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Female Sterilisation or Male Sterilisation
Female sterilisation is a surgery to block a woman's fallopian tubes. This keeps the eggs from reaching the sperm.
Male sterilisation is a surgery to cut the tubes that carry a man's sperm. It is also called a 'vasectomy'.
Both of these surgeries are over 99% effective, and are permanent and not intended to be reversed.
There are some common myths about sterilisation.
One myth is that sterilisation affects a man's sex drive. It does not. It also doesn't affect his ability to have sex or enjoy sex.
Another myth is that female sterilisation affects a woman's hormone levels. It does not. A woman will still have periods.
However, sterilisation doesn't protect against STIs for either men or women. If there is a risk of STIs, condoms should be used. Questions? Chat with Nivi 24/7 on WhatsApp.
A contraceptive injection releases the hormone progestogen into a woman's body. This prevents pregnancy by stopping ovulation.
This injection works for 2 to 3 months and is 99% effective if given correctly.
It can be useful for women who cannot remember to take a daily contraceptive pill. It can also work for women who cannot use birth control with oestrogen.
It does not protect from STIs, so condoms should be used if there is a risk of getting HIV, etc
If you want to have a baby soon, this type of birth control may not be right. This is because it can take up to 1 year to be able to have a baby after stopping contraceptive injections. Chat with Nivi 24/7 on WhatsApp.
Condoms are the only type of birth control that can prevent pregnancy and also protect against STIs.
The most common type of condom is worn on a man’s penis.
Condoms are made from very thin rubber or other material. They are designed to keep semen from contacting the man's sex partner.
When used correctly, condoms are 98% effective. A new condom should be used each time you have sex. Chat with Nivi 24/7 on WhatsApp.