Introduction to Contraception
I hope this article does not anger our pro-child government, but Yes, this is a very important topic which needs careful consideration before the wedding night. While most ladies get their information (true or false) from hear-say, the modern woman ought to be well equipped with accurate information regarding the various forms of contraception.
Traditional. Supposedly easy to use ( or perhaps not, in the heat of the moment). Largely, the responsibility lies on the guy to well, be responsible. (ever heard the ‘poking hole’ trick? Failure rate – about 1-30% (Depending on type and how it is used)
This is the female version of the condom, to be inserted high into the vagina, covering the cervix (opening of the womb). Will be additionally effective if used in conjunction with spermicide. The downside is that the diaphragm can only be removed a few hours after intercourse, and many ladies are not comfortable inserting it by themselves. Not commonly used in Singapore. Failure rate 1-20%.
Oral contraceptive Pills
99-100% effective, but not suitable for those with liver / heart problems / above age 40 / always forget to take medicine. A packet comes with 21 tablets, you take 1 tablet every day for 21 days continuously, then stop 7 days, during which your menses will come. Its great coz you know EXACTLY when your period will come (you can plan it such that your period doesnt come during wedding night and honeymoon), and your cycle will be beautifully regular, light flow, with little or no menstrual cramps. In my opinion, this is the best choice for the modern woman. Side effects are minimal (some get weight gain, pimples, mood swings, nausea, if one brand doesn’t work for you, there’s always another brand which does. See your GP to get you started on the pill.
3 monthly Depot injection
Also 99-100% effective. A bit troublesome coz have to visit the doctor 3 monthly for injection. But otherwise side effects are about the same as the pill, with about 6-10% of ladies getting irregular menses (like spotting on and off unrelated to your usual cycle).
Intra-uterine Contraceptive Device (IUCD / IUD)
These are very tiny devices which your doctor can insert into the womb to prevent pregnancy. They are generally not used for women who have not delivered children before (and definitely not for virgins), coz its rather difficult to put in. For those who have delivered children before, its a very very reliable contraceptive (success rate 99-100%), depending on model, can last either 3 or 5 years.
Okies, there you have it, the most commonly used types of contraception in Singapore, surely there is one to suit your needs and personal preferences. Please consult your doctor for further advice.
NB: This article only gives a brief idea of the various methods mentioned, the information provided should be verified with a trained medical professional.