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Confounding Contraception Facts Revealed

Submitted by on June 12, 2009 – 10:51 pmNo Comment

Life is all about making informed choices and with such a huge array of options available, one can get easily perplexed. Here’s how to get a head start.

There are many inject able versions that contain either the sole hormone progestin as found in Depo-Provera or the duo-combo of progestin and oestrogen found in Cyclofem, Mesigyna, Lunelle, Noristerat all effectively avert ovulation by creating barricade for the sperms, with the miniscule failure rate of 1%, they have to be administered within 5 days of commencement of menstrual cycle.

Confounding Contraception Facts RevealedDepo-Provera or Depo-subQ Provera 104 shot offers protection from pregnancy for a period of 3 months while Lunelle offers protection for about a month, with fertility returning in two months time, at the rate of $30 a shot. Lunelle causes weight gain, vomiting and breast tenderness in many cases. Noristerat injection is effective for a period of two months, ideal for short-term contraception for women who have been immunized or whose partners have undergone vasectomy  and waiting for the operation to take effect. Noristerat is not available in US, but is available in UK, Europe, Africa and Central America. Though, Lunelle is not available in US, it is sold under the name Cyclofem in 18 countries, so is the combo injection, Mesigyna. The injection is administered into the muscle of the thigh, buttocks or upper arms.

Depo-Provera has some drawbacks like bone loss, hence use of more than 2yrs is not advisable. Depo-Provera is advisable only if other contraceptive methods fail. Also it takes period of more than a year for fertility to return when Depo-Provera is discontinued. Side effects like depression, weight gain, and irregular cycles are evident. It prevents many types of cancer related to the vagina and pelvic inflammatory diseases.

The latest line of contraception is the Ortho Evra Patch, which is a weekly, duo hormone, mini-plastic patch that can be attached to the front or back of the body, excluding the chest. It is waterproof, better option than the pill, quite discreet, with significantly lighter and painless cycles. The drawbacks are that women using the patch have higher exposure to estrogen than the pill and have higher risk of clots. Women who are grossly overweight, with history of depression, clots, smokers, high blood pressure, heart problems should abstain from the patch. Also, the patch has to be stored in room temperature; many a times, patches fall off or loosen in some cases or not remembering to change the patch in a week can lessen its effects.

For effective protection of about 5 years with 1% failure rate, Norplant seems the viable option. Six tiny rods are inserted under the skin in the upper arm that effectively releases progestin. With costs of up to 600$ and uncomfortable insertion and removal procedures, with many cases of irregular cycles, headaches are some things to be kept in mind.

Although none offer protection against STD’S and each with its own set of side effects, the final choice is up to the woman to decide what does or does not suit one’s system.

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