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Contraception methods are a vital aspect of reproductive health, offering individuals and couples the means to plan and manage their family size effectively. With a variety of contraception methods available, it's important to understand each option to select the most suitable and effective one for your personal health and lifestyle needs.

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Contraceptives FAQ's

Hormonal contraceptives contain synthetic hormones that prevent ovulation, thicken cervical mucus to impede sperm movement, and thin the lining of the uterus to inhibit implantation.

Effectiveness varies depending on the type of contraceptive used. When used correctly and consistently, contraceptives can be highly effective, with some methods having failure rates as low as 1%.

Side effects may include nausea, headaches, breast tenderness, irregular bleeding, mood changes, and changes in libido. These can vary depending on the type of contraceptive and individual response.

No, contraceptives only prevent pregnancy and do not protect against STIs. It's important to use condoms to reduce the risk of STIs.

Consider factors such as effectiveness, convenience, medical history, lifestyle, and preferences. Consult with a healthcare provider or pharmacist to discuss options and make an informed decision.

Yes, hormonal contraceptives can alter menstrual bleeding patterns, often resulting in lighter periods, irregular spotting, or even absence of menstruation.

Some contraceptives, such as progesterone-only methods, are considered safe during breastfeeding. However, it's important to consult with a healthcare provider to select an appropriate method.

Generally, contraceptives do not have long-term effects on fertility. Fertility typically returns once contraceptive use is discontinued, although it may vary depending on the method used.

Instructions may vary depending on the type of contraceptive pill. Generally, if you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember and refer to the package insert or consult a healthcare provider for specific guidance.

Yes, certain medications, such as some antibiotics and anticonvulsants, can reduce the effectiveness of hormonal contraceptives. It's important to inform your healthcare provider about all medications you're taking.

Weight gain is a reported side effect of some hormonal contraceptives, although not everyone experiences it. If you notice significant weight changes, consult with a healthcare provider to discuss alternative options.

Some hormonal contraceptives, particularly those containing estrogen, may slightly increase the risk of blood clots. This risk is higher in individuals with certain medical conditions or risk factors.

It depends on the specific medical condition and type of contraceptive. Some conditions may contraindicate certain methods, while others may require adjustments or careful monitoring. Consult with a healthcare provider for personalised advice.

Regularly assess whether you're using the contraceptive method correctly and consistently. Additionally, monitoring for any signs of pregnancy, such as missed periods or pregnancy symptoms, can indicate the effectiveness of the method. If you have concerns, consult with a healthcare provider.