Many people though start with the procedure enthusiastically but soon forget about following it. Yes I am talking about birth control measures. You might be following yours with full attention but there are many who don’t. Stats conclude that half of the pregnancies in US are unintended. Why is this so, even after using proper birth control procedures? This is a matter of concern.
So, here are some of the common mistakes people make regarding contraception:
- Not Using it – Being sexually active and not ready to start a family means that you must use some birth control procedure. There are tons of options available and a couple can choose anyone of these.
- Use of Wrong Lubricant – Some oil based lubricants like oil and lotions can damage the latex in condoms within 60 seconds only. So, always use a silicon base lubricant available in drugstores.
- Nails can Nick the Sponge you Use – Sometimes, a contraceptive sponge can get torn out with your nails that get bigger during sexual intercourse. So, it’s very important to take care while using a contraceptive sponge or even while using a condom.
- Inconsistency - Missing a dosage of your birth control pills means you have to use some other birth control measure in those days. This backup control can be the use of condoms and anything else. So be consistent with your daily dosage.
- Explore Various Options – Some women don’t remember taking pills every day. So you can rely on some other method like a contraceptive implant. There are birth control injections, sponges and patches and the list is long.
- Wrong Condoms – Condoms are easily breakable and polyuretherine ones break more easily than latex ones. Unless and until, latex condoms are allergic, these can be considered as best options.
- Skipping Backup - If you are having an implant or are regularly having your pills, you don’t need any backup method. But in case you have started your pills from any time instead of after five days of periods, you need to have a condom as a precautionary method.
- Removal of Sponge too Early - To be effective, these sponges need to be kept inside for at least 6 hours after having sexual intercourse. But make sure to remove these sponges after this period.
- Don’t Have any Emergency Option – In case the condom breaks, an emergency contraceptive can act as a savior. Adults don’t need a permission to get this emergency contraception.
For avoiding unintended pregnancy, contraception is important, but more important is the correct use of birth control options.