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Contraception

We offer a full range of contraceptive services including: 

Hormonal contraceptives

  • Oral contraceptive methods (The pill)
    • Oral contraceptives suppresses ovulation to prevent pregnancy
    • Emergency contraception also available from our clinic.
  • Injectables : Injectables suppress ovulation. We determine during a consultation the two-monthly of three-monthly will be suitable to the client.

Mirena

This is an intra uterine system that is effective for 5 years. It is the most realiable, reversable contraceptive on the market today. As a side effect the menstrual periods will become irregular after insertion and over time go away for as long as the Mirena is in place. This can be regarded as the Rolls Royce of contraceptives. 

IUCD

The intra uterine contraceptive device reduces chances of fertilization and prevents implantation. It needs to be inserted by trained personnel and can last for 5 years or longer.

The main side effect of the IUCD is longer and heavier periods 

Which method of birth control will suit you best?

The best contraceptive in the world would be cheap, 100% reliable, comfortable and really easy to use. Unfortunately, no such method exists so let’s take a look at the options.

The two that come closest and which are used most often are the pill and the condom. Often, they are used together to:

A) prevent an unwanted pregnancy

B) Protect against sexually transmitted diseases. 

What to look for in birth control?

  • Reliability :  When you are young, pregnancy is usually highly undesirable so reliability/effectiveness will be top of your list
  • Suitability : Whatever you use, it must suit your body chemistry and life-style and not be so messy or complicated that it will put you off using it.
  • Cost :  The price of your chosen method varies and is sometimes a factor, but you have to weigh this against the heartbreak of an unwanted pregnancy. Some countries offer certain types of birth control for free, so speak to us for more information.
  • Health risks :  These must be considered with the help of our doctor and professional nurses as only they have the specialist knowledge to decide whether the pill, for example, carries health risks for you.
  • Your partner :  Is he willing to co-operate fully with the method you plan to use? Sex involves two parties and both should make the decision about which method to use.  If your boyfriend has had unprotected sex with other girls and does not want to wear a condom, you may want to reconsider how he feels about you?

MYTHS AND MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT CONTRACEPTIVES 

THE INJECTION

The injection makes you fat

All contraceptions with progesterone can increase appetite. Because of this some women can become nibly and eat all sorts of fatty foods. This can cause you to gain weight. You gain weight because of what you eat and not because of the injection. 

The injection makes you infertile

The injection can delay the return of your normal periods and therefor fertility. It can take 6 to 9 months before your periods can be normal after stopping the injection. 

I need to see my period every month

The progesterone in the injection inhibits the build up of the lining of the uterus. When you are on the injection your body does not make a period and you therefor do not have periods. It is not dangerous and there is not any blood collecting somewhere in your body. 

Headaches, moodswings, loss of libido (sex drive)

These side effects may occur when using the injection but they happen so rarely that it is seldom necesseray to discontinue use. 

THE PILL

The chemicals in the pill is bad for you

The pill has estrogen and progesterone. They are normal female hormones that are present in your body and responsible for all your female caracteristics. The estrogen and progesterone in the pill are made in a laboratory but they are changed inside your body to the normal hormones your body know and respond to. 

Most pills will help for the following:

  • Acnee
  • Irregular periods
  • Lumpy breasts
  • Painfull periods
  • Cancer in the uterus
  • Fibroids
  • Very heavy periods
  • Cancer of the ovaria
  • Cysts of the ovaria
  • Bladder infections

In other words, the pill can be very good for you. 

The pill makes you fat

All contraceptions with progesterone in can increase appetite. Because of this some women can become nibly and eat all sorts of fatty foods. This can cause you to gain weight. You gain weight because of what you eat and not because of the contraceptive. 

THE IUD

It causes ectopic pregnancy

The risk to ectopic pregnancy in women with a Mirena in is lower compared to women who use no contraceptive.

It causes infections

Microorganisims cause infections and not intra uterine devices. 

Cannot be used by teenagers

There is no lower age limit and it can be used by sexually active women of all ages. 

THE MIRENA

It causes continuous bleeding

The Mirena changes the bleeding pattern. Initially it can be irregular but after a few months is becomes less and will go away. 

It causes ectopic pregnancy

The risk to ectopic pregnancy in women with a Mirena in is lower compared to women who use no contraceptive. 

It causes infertility

There is no delay in return to fertility after removal.

Tubal infertility is caused mainly by Clamidya infections 

It causes infections

Microorganisims cause infections and not intra uterine devices. 

Cannot be used by teenagers

There is no lower age limit and it can be used by sexually active women of all ages. 

It is expensive

The current price is R31 per month over a 60 months period. 

CONTRAINDICATIONS TO THE USE OF CONTRACEPTIVES 

You should not use the pill if:

  • You are pregnant
  • Have undiagnosed vaginal bleeding
  • Your periods stay away and no diagnosis for this has been made
  • Have cancer of the breast or endometrium (Lining of the uterus)
  • Have a perosnal or family history of heart problems
  • Get migraine headaches
  • Suffer from liver disease
  • Have any of the following blood disorders;
    • Polycythaemia
    • Sickle-cell anaemia
    • Leukaemia 

You should not use the injection if:

  • You are pregnant
  • You have vaginal bleeding of an unknown cause
  • You want to use short-term contraception
  • You have liver problems
  • You get migraine headaches
  • You have uncontralled diabetes
  • You suffer from depression
  • You have porphyria 

You should not use the IUD if:

  • You are pregnant
  • You have vaginal bleeding with an undiagnosed cause
  • You have a perlvic infection
  • You suspect you have cancer of the cervix of uterus
  • You had a previous ectopic pregnancy
  • You are HIV positive

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