Friday, 26 September 2008

Dr Ayan: Nothing is perfect

Here's the thing...  No form of contraception is perfect.  Condoms can be a turn off, as we know.  The pill can increase blood pressure, give you migraines, and if you're really unlucky a DVT (clot in a deep leg vein), but in essence, it's pretty much down to luck and how your body handles the drug.  The IUCD (intra-uterine contraceptive device) or coil works brilliantly for some women but not for others.  Some hate the thought of it.  

The best way is to think about what might suit you and what you're willing to try out.  If you don't get on with one type, try another but there are no guarantees.  There is a special type of IUCD called the Mirena or IUD (intra-uterine device) that can have some medical benefits like shrinking fibroids or helping heavy periods, but this has to be balanced with side effects like low libido, mood disturbance, bloating and irregular periods.  You may get no problems at all, one or two, or every single one in the book - you just can't tell until you try.

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