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Birth Contraceptives for Winters

Dr. Richa Agarwal    08-02-2016 Consult

It has been seen that babies are conceived more in the winter months than any other time of year. Maybe the holidays make us feel romantic or perhaps we are extra snuggly when it is cold outside! 

Did you know that that most common shared birthday is September 16th? This means that most babies are conceived in December (August is when the least babies are conceived). That alone doesn't prove that winter is when we can expect an uptick in our sexual encounters, but despite the increase in conceptions, the holidays also see a jump in the sales of condoms. Now that winters are here, you might be wondering what your birth control options are. The only method that is 100 percent effective is abstinence. However, there are many other birth control methods that can be very effective when done properly. Here are some of the most popular:

Condoms

Condoms are a barrier method of contraception. There are male condoms and female condoms: A male condom is a thin sheath (usually made of latex, a type of rubber) that is worn on the penis. A female condom is a polyurethane sheath with a flexible ring at either end. A condom is an over the counter and affordable. The majority of condoms also protect against sexually transmitted diseases (be sure to check the condom label!) and is 82% effective. If women correctly use the female condom every time they have sexual intercourse it's 95% effective. The effectiveness of a male condom goes up to 98% if used correctly.

Oral Contraception

There are so many birth control pill options now, with a little effort and help from your doctor, you may be able to find a hormone combination that is right for you.  Many OCPs (oral contraceptive pills), have gone generic, and are readily available. Taken correctly and under supervision of a medical doctor, they are 99% effective.  If the pill is taken incorrectly or mixed with some medications, the effectiveness goes down to about 91%.


Copper T

The Copper T IUD prevents pregnancy by blocking sperm from reaching an egg. It can also be inserted as emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy up to 5 days after unprotected sex. The Copper T IUD is extremely effective and can last up to 12 years. Less than 1 out of 100 women who use it will get pregnant each year. It starts preventing pregnancy as soon as it is inserted. The Copper T IUD is as effective as permanent sterilization, but your ability to become pregnant quickly returns once the IUD is removed.


Injections and Implants

There are also a number of in-office options, including injections and implantation devices that can be up to 99 percent effective in preventing pregnancy. These are considered one of the best options depending on your age group.

There's a birth control option to fit almost any lifestyle. 


Fertility Awareness

This refers to tracking a female's menstrual cycle and refraining from intercourse on days when ovulation is taking place. A woman can become pregnant (on average) about 8 days during her menstrual cycle- 5 days before ovulation, the day or two of ovulation, and 1-2 days after ovulation.


The Pull Out Method

This term refers to a male withdrawing prior to ejaculation. While it may be a preferred option when no other method is available, it is not always done correctly and studies show that up to 25 percent of women can get pregnant this way. It also does not account for pre-ejaculatory fluid, which can still lead to pregnancy.


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