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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I have been on Nexplanon since two years and did not get my periods. Should I be concerned?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been on Nexplanon for about two years. I have not got a period but I had sex twice in the last six months. Each time I am getting my period after quite some time. Are these things connected?  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Welcome to I understand your concern. It is hormonal impact and the side effect of the drug is irregular, unplanned and unscheduled bleeding or spotting. This can even gradually reduce menstrual cycles for long time. It could be just a couple of incidents, but it is better to have cerv...  Read Full »

I had sex twice today before my Nexplanon implant removal in nine days. Can I conceive in the meantime?

Query: Hello doctor, This is a bit awkward, but I am nervous. I have an appointment to take off my Nexplanon implant in nine days. I had sex twice today. Will I get pregnant when they take off my implant? Or will the sperm die before then?  Read Full »

Dr. Sanap Sneha Umrao

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Firstly I should know when you implanted Nexplanon. If it is less than three years, then there is significantly less chance of getting pregnant, as not all contraceptives are 100 % sure. If it is more than three years, then it is quite possible to get pregnant. In th...  Read Full »

I am planning to take contraceptive pills but not sure about which one to take. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am planning to take contraceptive pills but I am not sure which one to take. Can you suggest me which contraceptive pills I should take?Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I have reviewed your query. It would be better if you would send me your detailed history. Firstly all contraceptive pills mostly comprise hormones, and these hormones, if taken for years, can give short and long-term side effects. So try t...  Read Full »

I have been taking contraceptive pills and want to stop using them without getting pregnant. How?

Query: Hi doctor, What are the side effects of the contraceptive pills? How much should I avoid, what will happen if I take them more, or how much can I take in a month? Is there any other way to prevent contraceptive pills and not get pregnant? Please help. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Hormonal contraceptives have side effects, but it differs from person to person accordingly to their physical health, body response, medical history, and drug history. Every hormone, especially sex hormones, can affect the female reproductive...  Read Full »

Can I have sex while I am pregnant?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 11 weeks pregnant. I had unprotected sex with my husband. Is it safe to have sex during pregnancy?  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan. R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. During the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, the placenta is not fully formed. So in this phase, having sex is not very safe. As you know, semen is not a sterile fluid. So, if it enters the cervix or the vagina, this can provoke bleeding, pain,...  Read Full »

Are Ovral pills reliable to avoid pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, Can we rely 100 % on Ovral pills to avoid pregnancy? What are the side effects? Is there any other option with no side effects to avoid pregnancy for two years?  Read Full »

Dr. Monica Mathur

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Ovral pills (combination of Ethinyl estradiol and Levonorgestrel) are 100 % reliable if taken regularly. They have very few side effects and can be taken same time every day. If you miss one tablet it is okay, but if missed twice, can lead to failure in that particula...  Read Full »

I have had a copper coil for many years and my periods have been irregular for seven months. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had the copper coil for around three to four years. Everything related to my periods has remained the same, however, over the last seven months things have become irregular. One month I get a normal period, every now and then the cycle is longer than normal and I have spotting. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. It is better to avoid a single contraceptive for years and try to change if you feel that you are getting side effects more than benefits. There are other choices of contraceptives like implants, IUCD (intrauterine contraceptive device) M...  Read Full »

When is it safe to have sex to avoid pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, When is it safe to have sex without getting pregnant?  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is easier to tell a safe period of having sex in a regular cycle than in an irregular cycle. Having sex outside the fertile period is less susceptible to pregnancy or conception. In 28 days normal cycle, eight to thirteen is the most likely fertile period, so it is ...  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 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 methods o...  Read Full »

I was making love with my fiancé, and our condom broke. Can I use the tablet Dorin to prevent getting pregnant?

Query: Hi doctor, I was making love with my fiance, and our condom broke. I think I am ovulating. I want to avoid pregnancy. I used to take Dorin for a long time but stopped a few months ago, but I still have some. I have heard of the yuzpe method. Could I use Dorin for that? How would I do that? Thank you...  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query. What active ingredient is present in the tablet Dorin? The Yuzpe method consists of two doses of a combination Estrogen and Progestin oral contraceptive (100 microgram Ethinyl Estradiol and 1-milligram dl-Norgestrel [equivalent to 0.5 milligra...  Read Full »

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