What Is Contraception?
Contraception is the intentional use of artificial methods to prevent the pregnancy after the sexual intercourse.
The main methods of artificial contraception are:
- Intrauterine devices like copper T
- Hormonal pills
- Vasectomy and tubectomy
What Are The Symptoms Of Contraception?
When your periods come at your regular interval, it means you have escaped pregnancy. You should go for a pregnancy test if your periods do not start after 28 days from the previous periods (counted from the day 1 of the previous cycle).
What Are The Causes Of Contraception?
Many couples do not want to go for a child, hence they go for contraception. If you do not want to have a child right now, it is better to go for contraception than abortion, as abortion can lead to many potential risks to your health as well as sometimes it can jeopardize your future chances of pregnancy.
What Are The Things One Should Do To Manage Contraception?
- If you wish to have a child at a later stage or keep a gap between two children, then you should go for temporary methods (also called reversible methods) like copper T, condoms etc.
- If your family is complete and you do not want any more child, then you should go for permanent methods like vasectomy and tubectomy.
What Are The Things One Should Avoid To Manage Contraception?
Avoid having unprotected sex if you are not using any other method of contraception like IUD, hormonal pills, Vasectomy or tubectomy etc.
What Are The Best Foods For Contraception?
If you are using oral pills, there may be many side-effects like irritability, weight gain, fatigue, or a headache etc. Hence, it is important to maintain your health while using contraception. Some foods that are must while being on oral contraceptives are:
- Bananas: Serotonin is a feel-good neurotransmitter that helps in regulating the mood. Bananas are rich in Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B6 helps in increasing the production of serotonin in the body.
- Almonds: Almonds help not only in restoring the Vitamin E but also counteracts all the free radicals damage. safflower oil, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, avocado and peanut butter are other rich sources of Vitamin E.
- Mussels: They are rich in Vitamin B12, an important nutrient for maintaining energy levels and metabolism.
- Breakfast cereals, oatmeal, milk, Greek yogurt are all rich in riboflavin and help in turning food into energy.
- Green leafy vegetables: Kale, Swiss chard, and spinach are rich in folate, a nutrient that not only keeps red blood cells healthy but also protects against birth defects during pregnancy. The oral contraceptive pill interferes with the absorption of this B vitamin. Hence, it is important to eat large quantities of green vegetables so that levels of vitamin B are maintained in the body. Folate levels can take up to 3 months to return to normal after stopping the pills.
- Vitamin C rich foods: Broccoli, strawberries, papaya, kiwi, and kale also help in reversing the side-effects of oral contraceptive pills.
What Are The Worst Foods For Contraception?
There are many foods that can reduce the effectiveness of your contraception pills. Such foods should be avoided or taken in limited quantities. Some such foods are:
- Licorice: If you are taking birth control pills, you should eat licorice only in moderation. Since raised blood pressure is a common side-effect of birth control pills and licorice can also increase your blood pressure. So, taking both things combined can be harmful. They can also have unforeseen effects on reproductive hormones.
- Soy: Soybeans are rich in natural hormone-like compounds, which imitate or simulate the role of estrogens in the human body. In naturopathy, soy is used as a natural treatment for hormone imbalances caused by polycystic ovarian syndrome and menopause. These hormonal effects might potentially interact with birth control measures.
- RBGH-Treated Milk: Some cattle farmers give their cattle recombinant bovine growth hormone, a controversial hormonal compound used for increasing a cow's milk output. Large amounts of RBGH-treated milk could potentially interact with birth control pills, hence women on oral contraceptive pills may decide to avoid dairy products if they are made from the milk of cattle treated with RBGH.
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