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I am a 26-year-old married woman. I am very uncomfortable wearing a condom when I have sex. Are there are other measures to have safe sex? What other method can I use to prevent unwanted pregnancy? Please help.
Female condoms are not commonly used in India as they don t know how to use it and feel it is difficult to put on a condom as they feel it is a tedious process. This is the reason why most women prefer other measures of contraception rather than a condom. Here are some of common contraceptive methods you can try
Oral contraceptive pills (OCPs): Also known as birth control pills, you need to take these pills regularly to prevent pregnancy. While some work by preventing the release of an ovum from the ovary, others secrete thick mucus to prevent the sperm from coming in contact with the egg.
Copper T: A type of intrauterine contraceptive devices or IUCDs, copper T is placed in the uterus of the woman. It works by preventing the implantation of the fertilized egg to the uterus. Here s more on the effectiveness, benefits and side effects of copper T.
Vaginal bolus: It is a large tablet that is inserted into the vagina manually around 30 minutes before having sex. After insertion, the tablet that contains spermicidal compound starts releasing the active ingredient and thus prevents unwanted pregnancy.
DMPA (Depot Medroxyprogesterone Acetate) injections: These are intramuscular injections that you need to take every 3 months to prevent getting pregnant after unsafe sex. It contains the hormone progesterone and thus, injecting it increases the blood levels of this hormone in the body.
Emergency contraceptive: The last but not the least, the morning after pills or emergency contraceptives. This pill has to be taken orally and within 72 hours (in some cases 48 hours) after having sex.
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