Birth Control

Wow, that's a loaded topic! Some people think it is immoral, others think it is an absolute must. It is your choice because you and often, your partner will have to live with the consequences of a pregnancy, a birth, or, sometimes, an abortion or still born baby. Not every instance of sex results in pregnancy but many might, so, throughout human history, we have been trying to keep that pleasure of sex and minimize the sometime consequences of sexual intercourse.

These attempts have had many versions. Crocodile or elephant dung. Chastity belts. Drinking poisonous compounds; as recently as WW2, some women wanted to work with lead in the hopes that it would make them infertile. That didn't work but lead can result in multiple organ failure as a start. Condoms? Some form of those have been around as far back as 3000 B.C.- things like goat  or fish bladders, sheep intestines, linen have been documented. How about a little magic, using mule's earwax and weasel testicle? Want more taste of bizarre attempts to control human reproduction on a personal level? These examples and more  were found at WebMd.

Fortunately we now know more about human reproduction and what is likely to work as "contraception", (against conception). Contraception today consists of many hormonal treatments to fool a female body into not releasing an egg, as well as "barrier methods" like the popular and easy to find condom, that attempt to place a barrier between sperm and an egg. Almost none of these is 100% effective and many do nothing or little to prevent transmitting certain infections. But having sex, how much to have and what you are OK with doing must be your personal choice. And if you have a partner for it, they must be OK with it all too. So, choice of birth control is also personal and should be OK with partners.

Information in this section is very general; often you will be best off to ask a medical person, especially if you are female; age, diet, medical conditions may all have an effect on your menstrual cycle, affecting fertility.

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Injections - Depo-Provera or Lunelle Information here is general in nature. Over time information may get changed, contradicted or added to. You should always consult a medical practitioner or pharmacist for up to date and comprehensive information. Depo-Provera (DMPA) Injection Approximate effectiveness: 99% when maintained properly No protection against STDs MAY be made ineffective by antibiotic use; consult your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking antibiotics. There is disagreement on this possibility. Depo-Provera is a hormone shot which prevents ovulation for three months. Then the woman needs to get another shot, every three months. It becomes effective about 24 hours after receiving the shot. If you end up being more than a week late for your next shot, use a backup method of birth control for at least two weeks. If you are more than a week late with your period, you might want to take a pregnancy test. There are some serious considerations when thinking of using Depo-Provera and some are shown here. (Near bottom of page) Please talk to your doctor about it. Common side effects can be: Spotting (minor vaginal bleeding) Lighter or heavier than usual menstrual period Amenorrhea (no menstrual period) "Depo-Provera or Lunelle should not be used if the woman is pregnant, has unexplained vaginal bleeding, suffers from severe liver disease, has breast cancer, or has a history of blood clots or stroke." (Source: medical-dictionary) Delayed fertility of up to18 months may occur after stopping the use of Depo-Provera so anyone planning to have children may want to re-consider Depo-Provera if they want to become pregnant shortly after stopping the birth control; it might not happen. (Source DrDonnica.com) Lunelle Injection Approximate effectiveness: 99% No protection against STDs Can be made ineffective by antibiotic use; consult your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking antibiotics Lunelle is another hormone injection which must be repeated each month. Common side effects can be: Spotting (minor vaginal bleeding) Weight gain or weight loss Tender breasts Nausea (feeling sick to your stomach) May offer some protection from PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease), certain cancers, and/or some symptoms of PMS (Pre-menstrual Syndrome) "Depo-Provera or Lunelle should not be used if the woman is pregnant, has unexplained vaginal bleeding, suffers from severe liver disease, has breast cancer, or has a history of blood clots or stroke." (Source: medical-dictionary)