Contraception Methods

The use of devices or medicines to prevent unwanted pregnancy is called contraception. The different contraceptive methods available are male and female condom, birth control pills, patches, sponges, and implants, cervical cap, intrauterine devices, emergency contraceptive pills, and diaphragm.

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Is it safe for me to take Unwanted 72 regularly to prevent pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 44 year old woman. I have a hole in my heart since birth and dextrocardia. I do not want to get pregnant again, as I already have a 19 year old daughter. I cannot take any of the regular contraceptive medicines due to my heart condition. I regularly take Unwanted 72 after an un...  Read Full »


Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Which type of hole do you have in your heart (VSD, ASD or some other form)? How often do you take Unwanted 72? Unwanted 72 (emergency contraceptive pill) is a very high dose hormonal pill and if taken very often could be dangerous. If you still want to use it, please...  Read Full »

What are contraception methods available to avoid pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor,I am here to consult regarding contraception as I wish to avoid pregnancy since me and my partner does not want to conceive yet.Please help, doctor. Thank you.   Read Full »


Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your concern in detail and will surely help you out. Considering your young age, you have two options. One is a barrier that is condoms or oral contraceptive pills. If you have sex regularly, pills are a better option as they have 99 % efficacy and are e...  Read Full »

Should I take contraceptive pills even after attaining menopause ten years back?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 61 year old female. My last period was more than 10 years ago. I was confirmed menopausal by a blood test taken back then. Do I need to take any contraception in the rare case of my having an intercourse? I have heard of older women, well past the menopausal age, getting pregnan...  Read Full »


Dr. Meeta Airen

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There is nil chance of pregnancy. Do not worry.  Please do not take any hormonal pills as they may harm you. For more information consult an obstetrician and gynaecologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/obstetrician-and-gynaecologist  Read Full »

I had unprotected sex last week. Should I take an emergency contraceptive pill?

Query: Hello doctor, I had unprotected sex last week. We followed the pull-out method. He did not ejaculate inside me. My last period was 12 days ago. Should I take any precautions? Please advise. Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I fully understand your concern. See withdrawal method is not a very reliable method of birth control as the precum secreted before ejaculation also has sufficient sperms to cause pregnancy. Also, since it was 12 days past the last period, and if you have a cycle...  Read Full »

I had sex with my wife on the day before her periods. Can she be pregnant?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife and I have three children after seven years of marriage life. My third child is eight months old. We have been using contraceptive pills. My wife is taking psychiatric treatment for depression. The contraceptive pills were increasing her problems with depression. We have decid...  Read Full »


Dr. Radha Peruvemba Hariharan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query, and I can understand your concern. There is no chance of your wife getting pregnant having had sex on the day before her first day of periods. So do not worry. This time your wife will not be pregnant. But you must also understand that condoms ...  Read Full »

Is it safe to use expired condoms?

Query: Hello Doctor, Can I use expired condoms? Is it dangerous? Will it affect my health?    Read Full »


Dr. Duraisamy Palanisamy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com Use of expired condom will not cause any serious health issue. The following can happen:  Loss of strength and flexibility of condom resulting in breakage leading to unwanted pregnancy and spread of Sexually Transmitted Diseaes (STDs) Loss of lubrication Chances of aller...  Read Full »

What are the ways to prevent pregnancy without a condom?

Query: Hello doctor, How to avoid pregnancy after sex without condom?  Read Full »


Dr. Sabita Laskar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am afraid the answer is not so simple. However you can avoid sex in the unsafe period. The unsafe period is the period roughly between 10th to 20th day in a woman having a 30 days menstrual cycle. This period roughly corresponds to the most fertile period in a woman's...  Read Full »

Would antibiotics affect birth control?

Query: Hi doctor, I had an appendectomy last week and they have started me on antibiotics, Flagyl, through an IV. Would this affect my birth control? Should I be using other protection?  Read Full »


Dr. Kamalpreet Kaur Nagpal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Flagyl (Metronidazole) as such has no effect on birth control. You need not take any extra precautions for the sake of Flagyl itself. But, if you were on pills earlier and had to discontinue due to surgery, then, of course, you need other protection. To know the metho...  Read Full »

Took unwanted 72 after having an unprotected sex. Will I be pregnant?

Query: Dear Doctor, I had unprotected sex. She took unwanted 72 within 12 hours. Will she be pregnant? In case she becomes pregnant, suggest any options other than abortion.  Read Full »


Dr. Gowrimeena

Answer: Hi, Thanks for posting your query at icliniq. You have taken emergency contraception as advised. That is very good. 99% of the times this will work well, but her menstrual period may be delayed. At this point you do not have to do anything. If the periods are delayed more than a week then you ha...  Read Full »

Will harmoni-f pill prevent pregnancy after having an unprotected sex?

Query: Dear Doctor, Will harmoni-f pill prevent pregnancy if taken continuously before and after having an unprotected sex?  Read Full »


Dr. Gowrimeena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Harmoni-F is a contraceptive or birth control pill that needs to be taken daily to give the desired contraceptive effect. It is not an emergency pill as you have been thinking.  Please use additional protection to avoid unplanned pregnancies. If you have any further que...  Read Full »

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