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Natural or artificial contraception? What teens need to know

Dear teenager,

You come to the point of your where you begin to realize that you are your own individual. The most obvious event in this time of your life is the development of the sexual organs and the discovery of sexual attraction. You will begin to feel things you have never felt before, you will hear about sex and it will feel different to you. You will become inquisitive other things which didn’t matter to you before, one of them is sex. Feel free to get the right information so you can make informed and responsible decisions. Being responsible is one of the bedrocks of being an adult.

Contraception is the deliberate prevention of conception or impregnation by any of various drugs, techniques, or devices; birth control. Therefore, contraceptives are the various drugs, techniques, or devices which are used to prevent pregnancy. Contraceptives help protect people from getting pregnant and from catching infections during sexual activity. It is important for all adolescents to learn about contraception so they have information they’ll need to make safe and healthy decisions.

Natural contraceptives vs. Artificial contraceptives

Natural contraceptive is a method of preventing pregnancy without the use of medications or physical devices. These concepts are based on awareness and observations about a woman’s body and menstrual cycle. Natural methods of contraception are considered “natural” because they are not mechanical and not a result of hormone manipulation. Instead, these methods to prevent pregnancy require that a man and woman not have sexual intercourse during the time when an egg is available to be fertilized by a sperm. Natural methods of contraception are considered “natural” because they are not mechanical and not a result of hormone manipulation. Instead, these methods to prevent pregnancy require that a man and woman not have sexual intercourse during the time when an egg is available to be fertilized by a sperm. Examples of natural methods of contraception include

  • calendar rhythm method,
  • basal body temperature method, and
  • cervical mucus examination
  • withdrawal
  • abstinence

 

Advantages of natural methods include

  • cost savings,
  • lack of prescriptions or health-care visits, and
  • avoidance of medications or procedures.

 

Disadvantages of natural methods are the fact that they can be difficult to use correctly and that sexual intercourse must be avoided at certain times of the month.

Artificial contraception is the deliberate use of artificial methods or other techniques to prevent pregnancy as a consequence of sexual intercourse. The major forms of artificial contraception are: barrier methods, of which the commonest is the condom or sheath; the contraceptive pill, which contains synthetic sex hormones which prevent ovulation in the female; intrauterine devices, such as the coil, which prevent the fertilized ovum from implanting in the uterus; and male or female sterilization.

The pros and cons of artificial contraception

There is no general advantage or disadvantage for all the different forms of artificial contraception. The individual methods have their disadvantages and advantages. So, let no one cajole you into making a choice of contraception to use. Make the time to learn about the various options available. It would make you informed and wise.

In addition, it leaves you better at sex negotiation. This is very important especially for girls. Teenage pregnancies happen when girls are ill-informed and pressured into having sex. It takes a lot to be an adult, and getting educated about a life of issues that pertains to your sexuality is one of them. Be informed.

Conclusion

While there are many forms of contraception, not all options may suit you. In choosing a contraceptive method, you need to consider your lifestyle, overall health, future pregnancy plans, risk of sexually transmitted infections, as well as the cost and the side effects associated with these methods. While there are many forms of contraception, not all options may suit you. In choosing a contraceptive method, you need to consider your lifestyle, overall health, future pregnancy plans, risk of sexually transmitted infections, as well as the cost and the side effects associated with these methods.

Sources

https://familyplanning.net/en/why-natural-better-artificial

https://www.lexico.com/definition/contraception

https://www.medicinenet.com/natural_methods_of_birth_control/article.htm#what_are_the_advantages_and_disadvantages_of_natural_birth_control

https://www.medicinenet.com/natural_methods_of_birth_control/article.htm#what_are_natural_methods_of_contraception

https://www.syronawomen.com/femsights/2019/8/13/contraceptive-options-pros-and-cons-efficacy-side-effects

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