Which is better: the pill or the intra-uterine device?

Are you facing the dilemma of deciding between the birth control pill and the intra-uterine device as a mode of contraception? Many couples who are allergic to latex or cannot use condoms often come across this predicament. Condoms are the most widely used method of contraception, provide reliable efficacy and to some degree prevent sexually transmitted diseases. However, they do not allow for spontaneous sex. Birth control pills and intra-uterine devices, on the other hand, are superior in terms of efficacy (chances of preventing pregnancy) and allow for spontaneous sex. So, how do you decide which one to use? The answer is simple: the option is entirely yours.

Before you start using either of the two, get yourself thoroughly examined and tested by your gynecologist; the use of birth control pills and intra-uterine devices is not recommended if you have certain medical conditions. Secondly, arm yourself with knowledge about these methods of contraception. This will help you in making an informed and wise choice. Talking and sharing your experiences with other women faced with the same problem will acquaint you with other possible concerns and also relieve stress. At the same time, you should keep in mind that every woman is unique and may adapt slightly differently to the two modes of contraception.

are tiny pills which have to be taken by mouth daily to prevent pregnancy. They usually contain a dose of hormones that control the menstrual cycle. Examples of Birth control pills are Saheli, Mala-D, Arpan and so on. Birth control pills can come in monophasic or triphasic form, which are different kinds of hormonal doses. “Monophasic” means one-phase, which means that your body will get a single consistent hormonal dose. Your body should feel the same every day. “Triphasic” means three-phases, and replicates the body’s natural cycle. Women’s hormones usually fluctuate during the menstrual cycle.

are “T”-shaped devices that are placed inside the uterus through the vagina by a qualified doctor. There are many types of Intra-uterine devices available in the market today; some of them are copper-bearing (such as Copper-T) and some are progesterone-releasing (i.e. hormonal)
In our article on the two methods of contraception, we give answers to some of the most commonly sought questions about birth control pills and intra-uterine devices. You can get an insight on the working, use, efficacy, safety, reversibility and dangers of both the birth control pills and the intra-uterine device. Use this as a reference to seek answers from your gynecologist about the product you plan to use. Click here to read more on this topic.

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There are many types of birth control choice available in India, you can select according to easy way of birth control methods which is available in India.

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