Monday, 1 August 2011

Contraceptive Implant

Nexplanon is the new contraceptive that is inserted under the skin and will last for a period of three years.
The advantages-
1)No need to remember to take the pill.
2)Three year lifespan.
3)Does not interfere with sexual intercourse.
4)Can be used when breastfeeding.
5)Less period pain.
6)Can be taken by women that cannont take estrogen that's used in pills
7)May help protect against pelvic infection.
It also contains Barium, which means it can be tracked in the body with an x-ray.

Friday, 14 August 2009

Women 'not using safest pills'

Too many women are not using the safest brands of the Pill, studies have suggested.
All types of the combined pill increase the risk of venous thrombosis but some carry higher risks than others, they said.

Venous thrombosis includes deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in the leg or arm and pulmonary embolism.

The first study found women taking pills containing a progestogen called levonorgestrel (for example, Microgynon) had the lowest risk of thrombosis. Meanwhile, those on contraceptivescontaining desogestrel (for example, Mercilon or Marvelon) had the highest risk.

Current advice from the NHS is that women should be on pills containing levonorgestrel but the research highlights that many may not be. A total of 1,524 women who had suffered a thrombosis were followed for the study, led by experts at Leiden University Medical Centre in the Netherlands.

All the women were aged under 50, were not pregnant and had not given birth in the previous month. Of the group, which had an average age of 37, some 859 had suffered a deep vein thrombosis of the leg, 495 had had a pulmonary embolism and 111 had suffered both. Another 59 had DVT in their arm.

Of the total group, 72% (1,103) had been on the Pill at the time they suffered their thrombosis. The results showed that taking the Pill increased the risk of suffering thrombosis five-fold compared with women not on the Pill. The results held true even when factors like family history of disease and body weight were taken into account.

The researchers found that women taking levonorgestrel had an almost four-fold increased risk of suffering venous thrombosis compared with women not on the Pill. Those on gestodene (for example, Femodette) had an almost six-fold increased risk, while those on desogestrel had a risk that was more than seven-fold.

Women taking a pill with norgestimate (for example, Cilest) had an almost six-fold extra risk as did those on drospirenone (for example, Yasmin). Those taking a drug containing cyproterone acetate (for example, Dianette, which is often prescribed for acne) had an almost seven-fold additional risk.

When women on different pills were compared with those on a pill containing levonorgestrel, the researchers found women on gestodene, desogestrel, cyproterone acetate and drospirenone all had a higher risk.

The conclusion is that many internal contraceptives or pills can have an adverse effect on your helth, so it would be very wise to use contraception that does not have to be taken orally.

To the right are a selection of safe contraceptives that are mostly external.

Please respect your body and take the safe route.