Birth control! It is a common thing that most couples think of. If you feel it’s not the right time to start a family, then birth control will be the ultimate option for you. But, the thing you need to make sure is to select a type of birth control that works best for you.
Fortunately, there are a number of birth control options out there. You need to be very careful while selecting a birth control pill because there are many potential pitfalls you should consider. Here, we’ve listed out few birth control mistakes that usually people make.
Using Wrong Lubricant
Oil-based lubricants such as baby oil, Vaseline and mineral oil-based body lotions can drastically weaken latex condoms within one minute. It is better to choose a water or silicone-based lubricant available in the family planning aisle in drugstores. And, bear in mind that most lipsticks contain oils that can weaken latex.
Nails can Tear Sponge
Long fingernails can tear contraceptive sponges during insertion. Even tiny nicks can get bigger during intercourse, so it’s better to keep your nails short.
Not maintaining consistency in the consumption of birth control pills (contain both estrogen and progestin) can result in a problem. If you miss even one or two of the first pills of a pack, then you need to keep a backup birth control for seven days.
Rifampin, an antibiotic impairs the hormonal contraception, including the pill, the patch (Ortho Evra) or the vaginal ring (NuvaRing).
Planned Parenthood stated that few anticonvulsants, oral medications for yeast infections, HIV drugs and the herbal supplement St. John’s wort can result in a problem for these types of birth control pills.
Experts opined that people who often forget to take pill each day can even go for a contraceptive implant or an intrauterine device. You can consider taking a shot in the arm that lasts for three months.
Taking Wrong Pill
Since there are a number of pills set out there, choosing between birth control pills is more of an art than a science. If you have heart problems, migraines or breast-feeding, then you shouldn’t take estrogen. Hence, it is better to consult your doctor to choose a right pill that suits your needs and concerns.
Condoms can tear away. It is proved that polyurethane condoms may break more frequently than latex ones. Polyurethane, lambskin and latex protect against pregnancy but condoms of lambskin type may not protect against HIV.
Taking a contraceptive implant (Implanon) or combination pill within five days after your period starts, you don’t need backup birth control. On the other hand, if you start anytime during cycle, you need condoms or another birth control method for the first seven days.
Removal of Sponges
For effectiveness, contraceptive sponges must be kept in place for minimum six hours after sexual intercourse. Diaphragms need to be placed for six to eight hours after sex but have to be removed for every 24 hours for cleaning.
Not Having an Emergency Plan
Unfortunately, if your condom breaks or slips off, then what next? Here, comes the role of IUD insertion or emergency contraception that helps you prevent unwanted pregnancy. People who are 17 or older do not require a prescription to buy emergency contraception products, called Plan B One-Step and Next Choice at drugstores. However, the pills must be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex.
So, make sure you follow these measures to avoid potential pitfalls.