- They cannot be removed manually since they require a professional to be removed
- The rods need to be taken out after some time
- No protection against sexually transmitted infections or STIs
- Rods are expensive
Most women can use subdermal implants but those who have cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, and high blood pressure need to visit their doctor for follow-ups. Women who are currently breastfeeding, those with a history of stroke and breast cancer cannot use the contraceptive at all.
Intrauterine devices or IUDs
An IUD a small, flexible plastic that is placed into the uterus or uterine cavity. In the Philippines, there are 2 types of IUDs available: The Copper T380 and the hormone-releasing IUD.
The Copper T380 has copper coiled around and uses copper to prevent pregnancy. It can be effectively used for around 12 years. The hormone-releasing IUD, on the other hand, releases progesterone and has an efficacy of 5 years.
Some advantages of IUDs include:
- Very effective
- Safe to use
- Does not affect breast milk
- Only applied once
Some disadvantages of IUDs include:
- Side effects such as swelling and heavy menstrual flows
- Device might be misplaced and removed without knowing
- Pelvic examination is required to insert the IUD
- Cannot prevent sexually transmitted infections or STIs
How do we choose the right birth control method?
When considering options for hormonal pills and other types of hormonal contraceptives, look into factors such as sensitivity to increased hormones, general health, lifestyle, and frequency of intercourse. You may discuss with a healthcare provider regarding which option is most suitable for you.
Hormonal pills and other types of hormonal contraceptives can be as effective as condoms, but they can have many side effects depending on the person. A person may experience better menstrual flow, reduced acne, and even a decreased risk of pelvic inflammatory disease or PID. Although not all contraceptives can protect against STIs and may actually do more harm than good with its disadvantages. It is important to discuss thoroughly with both your partner and a doctor which hormonal contraceptive is the right one for you.
Learn more about Contraception here.