HEALTH MATTERS: "OH! NO AM PREGNANT" NOT AGAIN



CONTRACEPTIVES-BY Flourish Okafor

Bimpe  my course mate came up to me the other day, in the middle of the semester telling me she was so scared that she was pregnant again. Woow! Unprotected sex! This semester! Final year!  Lots of project at hand! To say I was shocked is an understatement. I simply asked her if she knows about any contraceptive and she replied amplicox, with eyes rolling I wondered how a married woman with a child could say that.

There are lots of contraceptive out there to choose from, especially for women who are not ready to take in until when they think they can handle it which could be because they want it to disrupt their academic life.

Now we have the regular contraceptives which we all know, like the condoms which is virtually everywhere and can be easily acquired and inexpensive as well. It helps in preventing one from taking in during sex but just because some people don’t appreciate the use of condoms during intercourse, it is advisable you go for the pill which of two different types, the emergency pill and the daily pill.

The emergency pill which is also known as the morning after pill, the name notwithstanding, you don’t have to wait until the morning after sex, you can take the pill immediately after sex or use them five to six days after sex if you have not used any other type of birth control.

The daily pill is also known as the oral contraceptive which contains estrogen and progestin. Estrogen stops egg production while progestin keeps the sperm from reaching an egg. This type of pill is known to be effective.

Not well known but becoming common these days is the contraceptive patch. It is a thin patch that is just like a plaster and is being stuck to the skin and it releases hormone estrogen and progestin into the body.

One thing it does is that it makes the progestin to thicken a woman’s cervical mucus thereby keeping the sperm from reaching the egg.

Also not common is the vaginal ring. This is a small flexible plastic ring which is inserted into the vagina once a month and left in it for three weeks and in the fourth week, it is removed to allow for menstrual flow. It serves the same function as the contraceptive patch.

There is also the implant which can last within the body for three years without removal. It is a small piece of flexible plastic implanted under the skin of the upper arm. This implant prevents the sperm from joining with an egg.

The injection type, which is often referred to as the shot is usually injected into the body, the arm to be precise. It releases the progestin hormone which thickens the cervical mucus and thins the endometrium. It is known for preventing ovulation.
Despite all this artificial method, there is a method that does not require pills, implants or other intakes. This method is known as the fertility awareness method.

 This creates an understanding of a woman’s reproductive cycle by careful observation and putting down the fertility signs. This signs determines if a woman can get pregnant on a particular day and gives the woman a great opportunity of learning things about her body.

 This signs includes her temperature, her cervical fluid and the position of her cervix. This information enables to know when not to have intercourse.

 This method have been observed not to be functional since most ladies are unable to understand their body system as a result of the irregularities of the body and stresses of life because of these, it is encouraged that other contraceptive methods should be looked into.

It is possible for a married lady to be in school without the fear of getting and being pregnant during exam periods, project work or defense, busy work schedules.

It is just for you to meet your doctor who will prescribe the right contraceptive method that would suit your body until you are ready to start a family.

Dear readers,have you been or exeprienced a situation like that of Bimpe before???? let's have your opinin in the comments box



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