Contraception is any method used to prevent pregnancy. Contraceptive methods can be used by both males and females, although females have a greater number of options available to them, particularly in Australia with the PBS.
In order to become pregnant, a sperm cell must reach and fertilise the egg. The fertilised egg must then successfully attach to the uterus for pregnancy to occur. Contraceptive methods, such as the combined oral contraceptive and progesterone-only pills, aim to disrupt this process at various places in order to avoid pregnancy.
All people will have slightly different experiences with each contraceptive. One that is perfect for one person may not be viable for another. For this reason, there are many different methods, strengths of medicines, devices and ways to prevent pregnancy.
Rosemary doctors can help by making access to birth control pills much easier.
Contraception methods include:
- Male condom
- The pill/ oral contraceptive - available on Rosemary
- The progestogen-only pill / mini pill - available on Rosemary
- Vaginal ring
- Hormone injection
- Contraceptive implant
- IUD (copper or hormonal)
- Fertility awareness
- Withdrawal method
- Emergency contraception
Some women won’t experience any side effects from taking the contraceptive pill, while others will. Possible side effects include nausea, spotting, enlarged breasts, weight gain, sore breasts, headaches and mood changes.
While some nausea is common, shortness of breath and severe stomach, leg, chest or abdominal pain can be a sign of a medical emergency. If you experience any of these, seek emergency help by calling an ambulance on triple zero (000).
If the pill you have been prescribed is not well tolerated, speak to your doctor about trying a different type of pill.