Contraceptives

People have varied reasons for using contraceptives. Some use them to prevent pregnancy while others use them to regulate their periods. One of the conditions that cause irregular periods is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). According to the CDC, the pill is the most common contraceptive used in women aged 15-44, female sterilization comes second, male condoms come next, then use of long-acting reversible contraception (IUD or implant), while male sterilization is last. In this day and age, there are many types of contraceptives to choose from. Choice of a contraceptive method is dependent on several factors such as advice from friends and family members, intended duration of use and information from the media. Ignorance, fear, side effects, breastfeeding, and unfounded cultural beliefs. There is also a Morning after pill known as Plan B, which is an emergency contraception used to prevent pregnancy up to five days (120 hours) after unprotected sex. Please note that Plan B should not be used as a regular birth control pill and it is definitely not an abortion pill. Please consult with your provider regarding your contraceptive choices as there are some risk factors that may make some of them inappropriate for use.