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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Birth Control: How Not to Get Pregnant

Thousands of women want to know how not to get pregnant against their will. Birth control and planned parenthood are amongst the most sensitive, most debated areas of sex and sexual health. Safe sex is part of your well-being. One occasion of carelessness is enough to turn your life upside down – so it is important to know how not to get pregnant. Always use protection.

Birth control includes all the methods that you can use to prevent pregnancy: birth control pills, condoms, intrauterine devices, vasectomy, tubal ligation, hysterecotomy (partial or radical).

How Not to Get Pregnant: Hormonal Contraception

Hormonal contraceptives are safe. If you want to know how not to get pregnant, read the following list of hormonal methods.

Combined oral contraceptives, commonly known as birth control pills, are amongst your safest choices. These pills contain hormones named progestin and estrogen. This method has a failure rate of 0.5 percent if used perfectly, its typical failure rate is 9%. It is important to follow your gynecologist’s advice and read the medicine label carefully. It is best if you take your pill at the very same time every single day, for instance, 10.05 p.m. The more accurate you are, the less risk you take.

Progestin only pill or minipill has a failure rate of 9%. It does not contain estrogen. Take the pills at the same time every single day.

An intrauterine device is a T-shaped contraceptive device that a doctor will insert in your womb. It is a long-term solution. It may cause menstrual bleeding that is heavier than usual, and it can cause other painful symptoms like cramps during your period. Its failure rate is low. A copper T intrauterine device can stay inserted in the womb for ten years, it has a failure rate of 0.8%. A hormonal IUD, known as levonorgesterel intrauterine system, LNG IUD, can stay within your womb for five years, its failure rate is 0.2%.

An implant is the safest solution, with a failure rate of 0.05%. Your doctor will insert it beneath your skin on your upper arm. The tiny device contains progestin, released in your body throughout 3 years.
Injections are safe, too, they contain the hormone progestin. You can get a shot every three months. The failure rate is 6 percent, somewhat lower than that of the pill.

Patch should be worn on your lower body – buttocks, abdomen – or upper body, except for the breasts. It releases progestin and estrogen into your system. Put on a new patch every week for three weeks, on the fourth week, you are supposed to have your period. Its failure rate is 9 %, for women over 200 pounds it is higher.

Hormonal vaginal contraceptive ring: you put it inside your vagina and wear it for three weeks. Remove it for a week to have your period, then use another ring. Its failure rate is nine percent.
Emergency contraception must not be used often. It is for cases when you did not use any protection or when protection failed. You can take emergency contraception pills up to 5 days after having sex unprotected.

Barrier Methods

Take your time to learn about methods of how not to get pregnant.
Barrier methods are much less safe than hormonal contraceptives. Do not use them if you want to avoid getting pregnant at any cost.
Diaphragms have a failure rate of 12 percent. Male condoms are good enough to protect you from sexually transmitted diseases, but when it comes to unwanted pregnancy, their failure rate is considerable, 18%. Female condoms have an even higher risk, a failure rate of 21 percent. Spermicides have a failure rate close to 30 percent, which means using them is never a safe option.

Permanent Methods of How Not To Get Pregnant

If you are sure that you do not want children, your best option of how not to get pregnant is contraceptive sterilization.
If you have a radical hysterecotomy or you just get your ovaries removed, you have no chance to get pregnant ever again. If you have a partial hysterecotomy, you leave your ovaries intact, but you get your whole womb removed, you cannot get pregnant. No risk is involved here.
Tubal ligation has a low failure rate, 0,1%. Transcervical sterilization is also safe, with a failure rate of 0,1%. Vasectomy has a similarly low failure rate.

Unsafe Ways

Hopefully you know that the rhythm method and interrupted coitus are absolutely unsafe ways of how to not get pregnant. Even the most vehement naturalists admit that time and again they “result in the births of wonderful children”.


Abortion and abortion pill are emergency methods for birth control, only for cases when other protective methods have already failed. There are unfortunate situations in life when it can be an option.