Are many women still using Combined Oral Contraceptive Pills, COCP as means to size their families? Please I need an urgent and honest answer soon, I mean As Soon As Possible, so I don’t continue to mislead my readers with mere assumptions that have been poorly observed, nurtured and kept in my head: women hate oral pills as method of family planning.
If married women find COCP as less effective compared to the injectable depot contraceptive many now take just every two months, we all deserve to know why it is so. But are COCP truly less effective? Failure rate is recorded as in the form of 3 pregnancies in 1000 women, this is clear, out of 1000 women taking COCPs appropriately, only three get pregnant. This isn’t looking too bad, or is it? Perhaps what women truly hate about these pills is the stress of having to swallow it everyday continuously, and this why there are chances of missing or forgetting to take some pills. And you know what? this is what really ups failure rate. So, your chance of getting pregnant increases when you forget to take some pills.
So to worry less about this, there is a way out…
Are you worried you can easily forget to take the daily pills? Check this table out.
Take active (hormonal) pill as soon as possible and then continue taking pills daily. No additional contraceptive protection (such as condoms) is needed. Emergency contraception (or “the morning after pill”) is not needed.
IF YOU MISSED 2 OR MORE ACTIVE (HORMONAL) PILLS OR IF YOU STARTED A PACK 2 OR MORE DAYS LATE
Take 2 active (hormonal) pills as soon as possible and then continue taking pills daily. You should take 2 pills on the same day. You may take one at the moment of remembering, and the other at the regular time or both at the same time. Also, use condoms or abstain from sex until you have taken active (hormonal) pills for 7 days in a row.
If you missed the pills in the third week of the pack, you should continue taking the active (hormonal) pills in your current pack daily. When all active pills have been taken, discard the pack WITHOUT TAKING THE 7 INACTIVE PILLS, and begin a new pack the next day.
If you missed the pills during the first week and had unprotected sex you should use emergency contraception (example is Postinor) for maximum protection, in addition to taking the current day’s active birth control pill.
IF YOU MISSED ANY INACTIVE (NON-HORMONAL) PILLS
Discard the missed inactive (non-hormonal) pill(s) and then continue as scheduled. Be sure to resume active pills on schedule. There should be no more than 7 consecutive active pill-free days between packs. This means that there is nothing to worry about if you missed inactive pills as scheduled, just make sure you resume active pills as scheduled.
A simple rule to follow is: never take fewer than 21 consecutive active pills and never have more than 7 consecutive pill-free days between active pill taking periods.
Are You Re-Considering COCP As An Effective Family Planning Method? Here Are Reasons You Should.
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1. It’s cheap, easy to use (doesn’t require an expert to inject anything on your buttocks or implant some pills in your arm or insert a tool through your private part.
2. They provide highly reliable contraceptive protection, exceeding 99% when used appropriately.
3. It reduces the excesses menstrual bleeding seen when you use injectable depot contraceptive.
4. Women taking COCP are shown to experience less menstrual cramps.
5. You can easily switch to other methods or even stop at anytime, doesn’t require you waiting for months for it effects to wane before you can get pregnant.
6. They do not cause menstrual cycles irregularities. Highly recommended for women with periods that come too often or too infrequently.
7. Apart from preventing pregnancy, they have been shown to reduce a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cysts. They protect women taking them from Pelvic Inflammatory Diseases, PID—infection of the female reproductive parts that can cause infertility. They improve acne, reduce the risk of ectopic pregnancy, endometriosis, benign breast conditions and osteoporosis in old age many more advantages.
Well, the choice of a family planning method remains a decision medical practitioners cannot take for couples. I hope my appetiser does help in discovering how effective Combined Oral Contraceptive Pills have always being. Thanks for reading.