Why Birth Control?

 By: Amanda Johnson
Both males and females should take responsibility when they become parents. They should be aware that they are bringing a new life into this world. But when men and women are not ready to take the responsibility then they should go for birth control methods.

It has been reported that every year in United States there are about 3.6 million unplanned pregnancies. Out of these half of them happen because the couples do not use any birth control method and other half who do use the birth control methods do not use them correctly.

If you plan for a birth control method then before you start with the methods it is best to take the advice of the doctor as each method of birth control has its own pros and cons. If you do not like one method you can always try the other method.

Gaining knowledge about birth control methods is important because all the methods have their own advantages and disadvantages. Moreover there is no best method of birth control as no method prevents pregnancy all the time. There are always chances of getting pregnant.

Generally females get pregnant because of the following reasons-

When a female gets semen which is a fluid released by a man's penis inside or just around her vagina. The semen contains the sperm. Pre cum that leak out of the man's erect penis can also contain sperm and cause pregnancy. When girls and boys have sex and neither of them uses contraception.

To make it easy and simple the birth control methods either prevents a man's sperm to enter from reaching a woman's egg or preventing the fertilized egg from implanting in the woman's uterus and starting to grow.

If you plan for a birth control method then before you start with the methods it is best to take the advice of the doctor as each method of birth control has its own pros and cons. If you do not like one method you can always try the other method.

The only way not get pregnant is practicing abstinence. That is not to have sex at all. This is the only best and 100% guaranteed method on not getting pregnant. But this is hard to follow and not possible for most of the couples.

Gaining knowledge about birth control methods is important because all the methods have their own advantages and disadvantages. Moreover there is no best method of birth control as no method prevents pregnancy all the time. There are always chances of getting pregnant.

Before you plan to take birth control methods there are things to be taken into account such as your overall health, the number of sexual partners you have, how often you have sex, if you want to have children and your comfort level with using the method.

Apart from the natural way of birth control, abstinence, that is refraining yourself from sex there are other artificial methods too.

The first type is the barrier method. It physically prevents the sperm from entering the uterus of the woman and thus prevents the fertilizing the women's egg. The barrier method means the use of condoms. There are more advantages of barrier methods such as they are available widely worldwide and if used properly they provide effective protection against sexually transmitted diseases.

The second type is the hormonal method that alters a woman's hormonal cycle to prevent fertilization. This method signifies the use of pills. Most of the birth control pills work to prevent ovulation, which means that it prevents the release of an egg by the ovaries. You have to take a pill everyday for the results. There are certain side effects of birth control pills such as headaches, breast swelling, nausea, weight gain and depression.

There is yet another type of contraception which includes IUD, intrauterine device which is generally not recommended for young women who have had no children.

We should keep in mind that most of the birth control methods do not protect you from HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases(STDs) such as gonorrhea and herpes. The best way to protect you from HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases is using latex condom. The female condom may give some protection against STD.
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