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What is the best contraceptive? See how to choose

What is the best contraceptive? See how to choose
What is the best contraceptive? See how to choose

To choose the best contraceptive method, it is important to consult the gynecologist to discuss the various options and choose the most suitable one, because the indication may vary according to the reason for which the contraceptive is being indicated.

The pill is the most popular contraceptive method, but as it must be taken every day, preferably at the same time, there is a risk of forgetting to take a pill, which could lead to pregnancy. Therefore, there are other methods such as the implant or the IUD, for example, that can be used in these cases to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. Learn how to take the contraceptive.

Although there are several contraceptive methods, the most effective and recommended method is the use of condoms during sexual intercourse, because in addition to preventing unwanted pregnancy, it also prevents sexually transmitted infections.


The contraceptive method that should be adopted by each woman depends on the reason why she seeks a contraceptive method, and must be indicated by the gynecologist. Thus, some of the reasons in which the gynecologist may indicate another type of contraceptive are:

1. Does not want to take or forgets to take the pill

In this case, it is best to use the implant, the patch, the monthly injectable or the vaginal ring, in addition to the use of the intrauterine device. That's because forgetting to take the pill or not taking it according to the gynecologist's guidance, can increase the chances of unwanted pregnancy. Thus, when using these contraceptive methods, there is no probability of forgetting and there is greater certainty that pregnancy is avoided.

However, in the case of women who do not want to worry about contraception, the most indicated methods are the implant or the IUD, for example.

2. The pill has a lot of side effects

Some women report various side effects with continued use of the contraceptive pill, such as headache, nausea, menstrual flow changes, weight gain, and mood changes, for example.

In these cases, the gynecologist may recommend changing the pill or recommend the use of another contraceptive method, such as an implant or diaphragm, which is a rubber ring-shaped method that prevents sperm from entering the uterus and that It can be used several times for about 2 years. Learn more about the diaphragm and how to use it.

3. Unprotected sexual intercourse

In the case of unprotected sexual intercourse, it is recommended that the woman take the morning-after pill, up to 72 hours after intercourse, to avoid fertilization of the egg by the sperm and implantation of the embryo in the uterus. Understand how the morning after pill works.

4. Intense PMS

When the woman has strong symptoms of PMS, such as migraine attacks, intense cramps, nausea, abdominal and leg swelling, for example, the gynecologist may indicate the use of implant or IUD as a contraceptive method, because these methods are related to fewer side effects, which can have a positive effect on relieving PMS symptoms.

5. Recent pregnancy

After the baby is born, the gynecologist may indicate the use of some contraceptive methods, being mainly indicated the continuous use pill, which must be taken every day and does not promote major hormonal changes, being considered safe for the woman and also not interfering with milk production, for example.

6. Gynecological changes

In the case of some gynecological alterations such as endometriosis or polycystic ovary, for example, the gynecologist may indicate the use of contraceptive methods such as the combined pill, which is with estrogen and progesterone, or the IUD, respectively.

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