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People have used birth control methods for many years. Today’s medical advances provide us with many safe and effective birth control methods. For many, finding the proper birth control method is very important. When trying to choose, take the time to learn about each method so you can make the right decision for you. Below is a list of different birth control methods to provide you with more information.
Birth Control Methods :
- Emergency Contraception
- Combined Hormonal Birth Control Methods
- Vaginal Ring
- Contraceptive Skin Patch
- Depo-Provera Injection
Contraceptive Skin Patch
The contraceptive patch is a combination hormonal patch containing both estrogen and progestin, like most birth control pills. The difference is that you place a patch on your skin each week and the hormones get absorbed through your skin into the body instead of swallowing a pill each day. On the fourth week of each month, you do not wear a patch and you will have a menstrual period. The patch is anywhere from 92-97% effective in preventing pregnancy depending on how consistently you use it.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
According to guidelines by Food and Drug Administration of United States, these regimens are highly effective and should be used for termination of pregnancy of less than 70 days.
The pain associated with medical abortion is varied but one should expect some degree of mild to moderate abdominal pain depending on their pain threshold and the gestational age of the pregnancy.
The price of a medical abortion would depend on the center where the abortion is carried out, the type of abortion that is done and the gestational age of the pregnancy. So generally the price would vary.
Most insurance companies would cover a medical abortion but it is always important to check with your insurance company just to be sure.
Minors would generally require their parent’s consent, but it is also important to find out about abortion laws relevant to your state of residence.
Women who are rhesus negative would need to receive this anti-D immunoglobulin after a medical abortion to prevent miscarriages in subsequent pregnancies.
After taking the second tablet, you may feel abdominal cramps and the product of pregnancy starts coming out with blood. But there is no need to freak out. You can take a pain killer and let the pill do its work.
Consult your doctor for this matter. You may not be advised to take the bath immediately. This is to prevent water entering the exposed area and prevent infection due to it.
You can do that. But always remember that it may take 40-60 days before the pregnancy test becomes negative. So if you will do it immediately, you will get positive result.
If you are doing abortion with qualified doctors and nurses, they will always maintain their patients’ confidentiality. There is no need of worry about your information being leaked out.
It is said that medical abortion is more effective than surgical abortion in the early pregnancy. For pregnancy of less then 7 weeks old, this method will be 98% effective. After that the effectiveness will decrease, but still remains as high as 95%.
Yes. Mifepristone and methotrexate need some time for their work. Only after that the misoprostol will be effective in expulsing all the content. So you need to keep some distance between two pills.
There are Alternative regimens available, but less used. Sometimes single pills are also used. But the studies have shown them to be much less effective about 70-85% than the combination.
For mild to moderate pain, you can take Tylenol (500-1000 mg). If pain is more you may take ibuprofen (200-600 mg). In very severe cases, even codeine is prescribed.
If you have fever, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea,Lower abdominal pain after medical abortion, you can suspect infection. You should immediately contact a doctor as this is a dangerous condition to be in.
If medical abortion fails, it can be followed by repeat medical or surgical abortion. There are not enough evidences available to show that abortion pills can cause anomaly in embryo except for methotrexate.
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