Best contraception methods to prevent STDs and unwanted pregnancy

Most young couples face this dilemma — ‘How can we prevent unwanted pregnancy while enjoying an active sex life? Many of them think that having sex during the safe period is a natural method of family planning and can help prevent unwanted pregnancy. Many also believe the pull-out or withdrawal method will not get them pregnant. What one should understand is that accidental pregnancy is a risk you need to minimise. A condom tear, missing your course of contraceptive, anything can lead to a session of unprotected sex. In fact, if you have already ovulated, the emergency contraceptive will be of no use. Moreover, having unprotected sex can increase your chances of contracting a sexually transmitted disease by many folds so you totally cannot do away with a condom.

We spoke to Dr Rishma Dhillon Pai, Consultant Gynaecologist & Obstetrician at the Jaslok and Lilavati Hospitals and President elect of Federation of Obstetrics & Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) about the various methods of contraception that work and those that are unsafe and can lead to unwanted pregnancies and STDs. She also talks about how prescription birth control pills can be the safest way to prevent unwanted pregnancy. Modern day birth control pills come in a combination of small doses of estrogen and progesterone. These medicines act on various levels, mimicking the hormones of the body, preventing the release of the ovum from the ovary, thickening the cervical mucus and stopping the sperm from entering the uterus. If used correctly and consistently, the pill is projected to be about 100 % effective in preventing pregnancy. The failure rate of hormonal methods of contraception, including the pill is usually negligible as compared to other methods like an emergency pill or only using a condom. Here are mistakes that can get you pregnant even when you are on the pill.  So, watch the video and find out what contraception method you should be using to avoid unwanted pregnancies and STDs. Image source: Shutterstock Images Video source: TheHealthSite/YouTube

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