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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My husband wants to put off pregnancy for a while. Can you please explain the various contraceptive methods available?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a married woman. My husband wants to avoid pregnancy for a few years. I usually take emergency contraceptive pills after unprotected sexual intercourse, but I conceived even after using that. My husband does not want to use condoms. Can you please explain the other contraceptive m...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You can have a wide choice of contraceptives that are convenient for you. It could be pills, implants, injections, intrauterine devices, etc. (Consult your specialist doctor, talk with them, and take medications with their consent.) 1. Oral contraceptive pills cons...  Read Full »

What medication should I use to avoid pregnancy with no side effects?

Query: Hello doctor, Can you suggest the best medicine to avoid pregnancy with no side effects and how to take this? Please reply. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your history and understand your concerns. If you had unprotected sex and wanted to discontinue the pregnancy, you can take an emergency contraceptive pill. You can take one tablet as early as possible (maximum within 72 hours of unprotected sex)...  Read Full »

I have no plans of having kids for the next five years. Is using protection sufficient to prevent pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am married and is not planning for kids for the next five years, but I would like to get intimate physically with my partner. Is there any need to take any medicine, or is using a condom enough? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Ramchandra Lamba

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. There are different approaches to delaying the pregnancy till you want. One approach is to use a condom whenever you want sex. Another approach is that your wife can take a contraceptive pill as recommended or practice the calender method and...  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 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 of ...  Read Full »

I took Unwanted 72 on the next day of a sexual relationship. Can I get pregnant?

Query: Hello doctor, I got my periods on 18th of last month, and I got sexually intimate for the first time on 27th of last month. Although there was no full penetration, I took Unwanted 72 the next day. On 11th of this month, I had little bleeding with a lot of clots that lasted for three days. I normall...  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan. R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Let me put you at ease by saying that you will not be pregnant. Let me tell you how. For a young lady with 27 days cycle, ovulation will be on day 13th, and the egg will stay alive for 24 hours. So you are at a risk of pregnancy on 29th to 31st. But your sexual exposur...  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 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 are no...  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 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, and u...  Read Full »

Can you guide me on the pros and cons of using a copper-T?

Query: Hello doctor, I would like to know whether it is safe to use an i-pill in a span of seven days? We had protected sex last week and I took an i-pill immediately after the intercourse. We again had sex yesterday. I did not use any oral contraceptives but my husband did use condoms. Just to be on the s...  Read Full »

Dr. Kamalpreet Kaur Nagpal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have taken double precaution with use of an i-pill and also barrier contraceptive that is a condom. Since you have taken the pill twice, this may disturb your cycle otherwise you are protected from getting pregnant most likely. It is not wise to use this pill aga...  Read Full »

I am perimenopausal and I have not got my periods. Am I pregnant?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 46-year-old female and my periods have become increasingly irregular. They used to be around 24 days in length and my current cycle is now 36 days. My basal body temperature indicated that I may have ovulated on day 10. But I have not menstruated at all this cycle - not even spo...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepika Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to No, you have not ovulated on day 10 because if it would have been so you would have had your period by now. Menstruation usually occurs 14 days after ovulation and the duration between ovulation and menstruation is always fixed. Ovulation occurs only once in one cycl...  Read Full »

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 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 »

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