“With great powers, come great responsibilities.” We have the power to reproduce and we should responsibly deal with planning our future, our family’s future. It’s the most important decision because it finally reflects on our future. Sometimes it becomes a quest between your ethics and urges. And thus we have to go for the measures like contraception and other birth control techniques to have the desired number of kids and spacing between children.
If we particularly talk about women, conception, giving birth and spacing between children, all this completely depends on their health and well-being. Thus, it is important to plan. People have been using birth control methods for a very long time. In the course of time, many safe and effective birth control measures are available to prevent unwanted pregnancies, space out births and protection against STDs.
Barrier Methods: It is the basic step adopted by the couples to hinder fertilization after intercourse. It includes male and female condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, contraceptive sponges, and spermicides. Condoms also help preventing STDs.
Hormonal Methods: Several hormones are induced in a female’s body through tablets, injections, skin patches, transdermal gel, vaginal rings and implantable rods. These hormones thicken cervical mucus, which block the sperms to reach the egg and hence can stop fertilization.
Contraceptive Tablets: Pregnancy can also be prevented using contraceptive tablets. Unwanted21 days could be taken from the first day of Menstrual cycle for 21 days, followed by 7 days without the tablet.
Surgical Methods: This is the technique which provides long-term contraception. It is basically preferred by those women who doesn’t want to conceive. It includes sterilization and vasectomy. Sterilization is a permanent technique of birth control which prevents either a man to release sperms or prevents a woman from getting pregnant.
Family planning ultimately leads to health, social and economic benefits. It is proven that better access to contraception benefits in controlling and spacing pregnancies. Family planning also helps you to decide and fix the resources for your kids to have a good future.
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