Life can be hectic, contraception should not keep you more busy
Nowadays our routines are a lot less...routine. Between family, friends, work, travel, and the countless ways we spend our free time, each day can be different from the last. It's no wonder that many women struggle to remember to take the pill every day, but there are plenty of contraceptive methods that can fit with your lifestyle.
How to break the daily rhythm
The patch is a contraception method that you just need to remember to change once a week. It sticks to your skin and releases hormones into your body, and after 7 days you simply remove the old patch and replace it with a new one. After 3 weeks, you take a week without the patch, and then you start the routine again. You may get some bleeding during that break.
The ring is a contraception method you only need to remember once a month. It is placed in the vagina, where it releases hormones locally. You insert it and leave it for 3 weeks, then remove and have a week off before inserting a new ring at the end of the 4th week. The contraceptive injection has a similar routine – it is administered by your doctor or nurse every 12-13 weeks.
If you'd rather not have a daily, weekly, or monthly routine with your contraception, there are other options available to you. The hormonal coil and the contraceptive implant are both hormonal methods administered by your doctor or nurse. Once fitted, they keep working for up to 3 to 5 years. The copper coil works for even longer. This non-hormonal method can work for up to 5 to 10 years once fitted.
ALTERNATIVE CONTRACEPTION METHODS
Here’s more information about contraception methods that can help you break the daily routine of taking the pill:
THE HORMONAL COIL
The Hormonal Coil is a small, soft T-shaped plastic frame that releases low levels of a progestogen hormone for up to 3 - 5 years. It is given with a prescription and placed in your womb by a doctor or nurse.
THE COPPER COIL
The Copper Coil is a small, T-shaped plastic frame that has a copper wire. It is available with a prescription and placed in your womb by a doctor or nurse, where it prevents pregnancy for up to 5 - 10 years.
THE CONTRACEPTIVE IMPLANT
A small, flexible silicone rod that releases hormones for up to 3 years. It is given with a prescription and placed under the skin of your upper arm by a doctor or nurse.
THE CONTRACEPTIVE INJECTION
An injection containing a hormone that is given with a prescription and administered by a doctor or nurse every 12-13 weeks.
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