Frequently Asked Questions
- Is the Pill safe to use?The Pill is the most researched product in the history of modern medicine and is 99.7% effective in preventing unplanned pregnancy.
- Is it true that only married women can use the Pill?No, it’s not. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), women in the menarche (onset of menstruation) to menopause (end of menstruation) stage are allowed to use the Pill. Women who have not had children yet are also allowed to use the Pill, assured that they have a prescription from their health provider.
- Will I gain weight if I use the Pill?Don’t stress on gaining weight while you’re on the Pill, ladies. There have been studies that proved there’s no link in weight gain and using the Pill.
- Can the Pill permanently affect my fertility?It will be easy for you to bear a child again after using the Pill because its effects are reversible. You can only expect to be protected from unplanned pregnancy during the time you use the Pill.
- Will my future baby develop abnormalities if I start to use the Pill now?Oral contraceptives will not cause abnormalities to your future babies.
- Will the Pill affect my breast milk if I am a breastfeeding mom?There’s a progestin-only pill that you can use that won’t affect the quantity and quality of your breast milk. It’s as effective as the other contraceptive pills but still safe for your baby.
- Should I be worried about changes in bleeding pattern while I’m using a progestin-only pill?Changes in your bleeding patterns are expected effects while using progestin-only pills. This is normal and is not a health risk. Your menstruation will return to its normal cycle once you stop taking the Pill.
- Will I be protected from unplanned pregnancy if I start to use the Pill after intercourse?You have to remember that the Pill’s effects do not work overnight. Only after seven (7) days of continuous pill intake will you get the protection you need against unplanned pregnancy. The proper way of taking the Pill is everyday, at around the same time.
- Headaches, nausea, vomiting –are these permanent effects of the Pill?The effects you mentioned are called transitory side effects. Given at least a 3-month adjustment period, these side effects will eventually disappear once your body has adjusted to the Pill.
- Until how long can I use the Pill?You can use the Pill as long as you feel the need to. Just remember to follow the proper way of taking the Pill and regularly check with your health provider.
- Is it safer if I use 2 condoms at the same time?No. This will cause the 2 condoms to rub against each other. This friction will make the condoms more prone to tearing.
- Do condoms easily break?Before a condom is placed in the market, it has to go through extensive quality control to guarantee that it will not break easily when a consumer uses it.
- Should I be worried about certain age restrictions in buying a condom?There are no age restrictions in buying a condom because it is not among the approved sin products.
- Should I be embarrassed to buy a condom?The World Health Organization recommends sexually active individuals to wear a condom during sexual intercourse to protect them from STIs and unplanned pregnancies.
- Is it true that keeping a condom inside the wallet will bring me good luck?Though it is advisable to always carry a condom in case the need for it arises, there is no proof that having it inside your wallet will bring any luck.
- How many times can I use a single condom?You should only use a condom once. Use a new condom for each single sexual intercourse.
- Can I use oil-based lubricants on condoms?Using an oil-based lubricant can damage a condom, making it more prone to tears and rips.
- Why do I need to pull out right after ejaculation?You should pull out right after ejaculation when the penis is still erect to avoid the condom from slipping and the semen from spilling.
- There is a slightly narrow space at the tip of the condom. What is it for?The tip at the end of the condom should be pinched while the user is inserting it. It should be left empty for the male’s semen during ejaculation.
- Will a condom permanently cause impotence?No. A condom only prevents pregnancy once it is worn.
- Is the injectable safe to use?
Nearly all women can use injectables safely and effectively, including all women who have or have not had children and are not married.
- What is a DMPA shot and what do I get from it?
A DMPA shot is a safe form of contraception containing depo medroxy progesterone acetate. One DMPA shot will give you 3 months of contraceptive protection.
- Will I get cancer if I continuously use injectables as my birth control method?
Long term use of injectables won’t result to cancer. In fact, it helps prevent ovarian cancer and endometrial cancer.
- Can a breastfeeding mother like me use injectables?
An injectable would be a perfect choice if you are a breastfeeding mother who prefers a longer protection. With just one DMPA shot you can expect protection and still give your baby healthy milk at the same time.
- Is this allowed on smoking women as well?
Yes, this is suitable for smoking women.
- Will this affect my mood or sex drive?
There is no evidence that injectables affect a woman’s sexual behaviour.
- Is it true that injectables will eventually cause infertility among users?
Forget what you heard about injectables. It only temporarily prevents ovulation only because you regularly get your DMPA shot every 3 months. If you stop taking it, your fertility will return back to normal.
- How come I no longer get my period while I’m using injectables?
The common effect of injectables that you are experiencing is called amenorrhea. This is not a harmful effect and should not cause you to think that blood is building up inside your body.
- Should I be worried that my future child will have birth defects because I used injectables for too long?
Long term use of injectables won’t cause birth defects on your future child. If for instance, you get pregnant while using injectables, this will not harm the fetus.
- I just started using injectables. Should I expect any side effects?
Since you are a new user, expect a few mild side effects –irregular bleeding, headaches and dizziness, which eventually disappear after 3 months of using injectables.
- Is it safe to use an IUD?Nearly all women can use the IUD safely and effectively, including women who have or have not had children and are breastfeeding.
- Can I do heavy work even while I’m using an IUD?The IUD will not affect your body or your movement. It will not reduce your strength and will not limit you from doing your usual activities.
- Is it painful to have an IUD inserted into a woman’s uterus?Most women who have undergone an IUD insertion had not complained about painful insertion. The procedure would only take around 5 minutes.
- Will using an IUD affect my fertility permanently?Your fertility will return quickly once the IUD is removed. You can become pregnant once the IUD is removed just as quickly as a woman who has never used an IUD.
- When I get pregnant while using an IUD, will it be embedded on my baby’s forehead?It is unlikely that you will get pregnant while using an IUD. The probability is not even 1 in 100 women. Before inserting the IUD, your health provider should ensure that you are not pregnant by conducting an initial check up. If in case you get pregnant while the IUD is inside, visit you doctor and have the device removed.
- Will the IUD rot inside my uterus after prolonged use?The IUD can safely remain inside your uterus up to 12 years. It is made up of materials that cannot deteriorate or rot.
- Is it possible that the Copper T IUD will cause allergic reactions that can be bad for my body?Allergic reactions to copper are extremely rare, and it is even more unusual to retain high amounts of copper in body tissues.
- Can young women and older women use IUDs?According to the World Health Organization (WHO), almost all women in the reproductive age can use IUD. It is necessary to consult a doctor or healthcare provider for an initial check up.
- Will an IUD be the cause for pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)?By itself, the IUD does not cause PID. Gonorrhoea and chlamydia are the primary direct causes of PID. IUD insertion, when a woman has gonorrhoea and Chlamydia, may lead to PID.
- Is it painful to have an IUD removal?An IUD removal is often easier and quicker than the insertion. It is especially important to note that you should never try to remove the IUD by yourself. A qualified health person should remove the IUD to prevent damage.
- What is a lubricant?
A personal lubricant is a substance that is used to minimize friction on the vaginal or anal wall during intercourse or internal examination in order to avoid irritation.
- How is personal lubricant properly used?
A drop or two is applied over the condom to maximize motion during the act of sex. Do not apply the lubricant on the penis for this will cause the condom to slip off.
- What are the other substitutes for personal lubricants?
You should replace personal lubricants with oil, petroleum jelly, lotion, butter or margarine. Use a water-based lubricant on latex condoms to avoid damaging the material of the condom.
- Are personal lubricants used for other purposes?
Personal lubricants are also used by medical professionals for medical procedures.
- What are the advantages of using water-based personal lubricants?>Water-based lubricants provide additional moisture during internal examinations to:
- Ensure comfort to patients
- Avoid tissue tear and allow freer movement
- Avoid irritation from equipment /machine rubbing against the tissue/skin.
Avoid irritation from equipment /machine rubbing against the tissue/skin.
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