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In a nutshell, contraception reduces your risk of getting pregnant. Certain types of hormonal birth control also have the added benefit of reducing some of the uncomfortable symptoms you may get around your period, and can make your period lighter and more regular.
You can take contraception for as long as you want to. You can also switch methods or stop using it if you want to have a child. Some types of hormonal birth control are better for specific health issues or age ranges. So it’s good to check in with your doctor every now and then to make sure your birth control is still right for you.
Hormonal contraception is only available on prescription in India. Our clinical team will help you narrow down the best option because there are quite a few out there, and it’s not a one-size-fits-all type of deal.
There are different types of hormonal birth control that you take by yourself, and a few others where you’ll need a bit of guidance from a doctor or nurse before you use them.
At Treated, we offer both the combined oral contraceptive pill (COCP), which contains progestin and oestrogen, and the progestogen-only pill (POP), also called the mini pill. Pills need to be taken every day at around the same time to be most effective.
Other types of birth control are the contraceptive patch, which is applied to the skin like a plaster and changed once a week, and the vaginal ring, which is inserted into the vagina once a month. But we do not offer them right now.
Besides these, there’s the depo shot, the IUD (hormonal and non-hormonal) and the implant. In-person visits to the doctor are required in order to insert/inject them, so we don’t offer them. There are also condoms (for both men and women) and the diaphragm, which you can get at a pharmacy or hospital. These methods also protect against STIs.
It depends on you, really. If you like the comfort of taking something every day and knowing you’re protected, we recommend the combined pill or mini pill.
Dosages make a difference too. High doses are typically prescribed to those women who are looking to manage symptoms like acne. And low doses like Crisanta LS are usually suitable for women who are sensitive to higher doses or are more likely to experience side effects because of some underlying health factors.
Whether you take contraceptives with a higher or lower dose of hormones, they’re equally effective in preventing pregnancy. It’s really a question of what other symptoms you’re looking to treat and which dosage can help you treat them as well.
So it’s very much a case of personal preference, and your health background. But we can talk you through all your options.
Family Planning Division Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Government of India. (2016).
National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health ICMR, Parel, Mumbai Regional Resource Hub. (n.d.). [online]
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Both types of pill (combined pill and mini pill) are over 99% effective when they’re used exactly right. That’s what doctors call “perfect use”. This 99% effectiveness means that if 100 women use one of these types of birth control for one year, fewer than one will get pregnant.
“Typical” use is a bit less perfect and a lot more realistic. If you use contraception but make occasional mistakes, like forgetting a pill, the effectiveness drops to between 91% and 94%. That means that six to nine women out of a hundred would become pregnant over the course of a year.
The best way to make sure your birth control is as effective as possible is to take it exactly as directed, which is why it’s important to find the method that works best with your lifestyle.
Hormonal birth control reduces your chances of pregnancy by changing the normal hormonal cycle in your body. It prevents ovulation, when the ovary releases an egg into your fallopian tube.
The hormones in birth control also stop the walls of your uterus from growing thicker. When the uterine wall isn’t as thick, it’s more difficult for an egg to attach to it and grow.
The progestogen in hormonal birth control also changes the thickness of cervical fluid. This time, the hormones make it thicker and sperms have a harder time making it through to an egg as a result.
Family Planning Division Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Government of India. (2008)
At Treated, we have the combined contraceptive pill and progestogen-only pill (also called mini pill).
The combined pill usually comes in a pack of 21 pills, though some brands may vary slightly (and contain 24 or 28 pills for example). With a 21 pill pack, you’ll take a tablet a day for the duration of the pack (the first three weeks of your cycle) then have a week off — that’s when you’ll get your period. This is the most widely used type of hormonal birth control. It’s called the combined pill because it contains two hormones: progestin and oestrogen.
Progestogen-only pills or mini pills are taken once a day continuously (without a break). They’re different from combined options because they only carry one hormone, progestin. Progestin-only pills are recommended for women who may get side effects when taking oestrogen.
Several birth control options need to be injected, inserted or administered by a doctor. These include the birth control injection, which is progestin-only and given in the arm. Depo-Provera is a popular brand of contraceptive injection. There’s also a contraceptive implant that’s placed into the arm.
The IUD, which stands for intrauterine device, is inserted through the vagina into the uterus by a doctor or gynaecologist and left in place for up to five years. There’s a hormone-free copper version (usually just called the copper IUD) and hormonal versions which are made of plastic, like the Mirena.
And there’s also the condom and the diaphragm. These are called ‘barrier methods’ because they physically stop sperm from reaching an egg to fertilise it.
At Treated, we do not currently have these birth control options. The only treatments we currently offer are the combined and mini pill.
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