The modern Indian woman — working or not — knows how to make her own decisions and live life on her terms. Which is why she is unafraid to make certain choices when it comes to her health and her body. One of them is the choice of whether or not she is ready to become a mother, and if she ever will be.
This choice is made possible with the help of contraceptive tools — and there are many options and varieties available for her to choose from. Dr Neha Bothra, Consultant Gynaecologist & Obstetrician, Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi — a Fortis Network Hospital — believes it is inexcusable if women today do not educate themselves about their contraceptive options.
“Traditionally, contraceptives are classified as either permanent or temporary methods. Out of the temporary methods, some are short-acting and some are long-acting. The latter, also known as Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs) are the most convenient, easy-to-use and safe birth control alternatives available to women today,” she says.
The doctor suggests some safe and newer contraceptive methods:
* Intrauterine Contraceptive Devices (IUDs): IUDs were previously touted to be suitable only for women who have had one or more children. However, with the advent of smaller devices and those that additionally release hormones locally in order to control heavy bleeding, IUDs are now increasingly being used by women of all ages. These newer IUDs not only help in reducing heavy menstrual flow, but they also help in controlling menstrual cramps and are valuable in the treatment of endometriosis.
They require no repeated checks and interventions once inserted, they do not require any additional assistance at the time of intercourse and have one of the lowest failure rates. These qualities make IUDs the ideal choice for the working women of today.
* Newer contraceptive pills: When the birth control pill was first introduced in the 1960s, it was of far different composition and strength than the ones available now. Today, there is a wide range of birth control pill options in the market. Each comes with a unique benefit which can cater to a particular woman’s needs. Many have low hormonal content when contraceptive benefit is the only requirement.