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Video: First Time Contraception
2023 Author: Wallace Forman | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-27 18:19
Contraception: the first time
Girls can get pregnant from the first ovulation. In order to prevent an unwanted pregnancy, a timely and factual discussion of the topic of contraception is necessary. So that young women can feel safe the first time, certain framework conditions must be in place. This includes, among other things, the necessary personal maturity, comprehensive individual information and the appropriate contraceptive. When choosing suitable contraceptive protection, in addition to general criteria, the special circumstances of first-time contraception in young women must be taken into account…
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Find the right contraceptive
The pill or the hormone implant? There are several methods of prevention. But not every contraceptive is suitable for every woman. Obstetricians and gynecologists as well as counseling centers certainly offer the best help to find out about the different contraceptive methods before the “first time”.
An IUD can be used in women under the age of 20, but it is not the first choice. According to the law, sterilization may only be carried out at the age of 25.
If you want to be prescribed a hormonal contraceptive (e.g. the pill) for the first time, you should plan some time for a visit to the gynecologist. Before the prescription is issued, there is an anamnesis or clarification interview and some examinations.
Consider health risks
When taking the anamnesis, the gynecologist tries to use a few questions to find out whether certain reasons speak against the use of hormonal contraceptives. Because taking the pill can be problematic, for example, in cardiovascular diseases, with an increased risk of thrombosis, overweight and for smokers. Such risks or existing diseases must therefore be clarified by a doctor - as well as possible interactions between contraceptives and certain medications. For example, women who smoke should generally not use hormonal contraceptives with estrogen-based contraceptives. But women with certain illnesses such as severe high blood pressure (> 160/95 mmHg) or coagulation disorders have to switch to other contraceptive methods.
The gynecologist will also carry out some examinations for further clarification. This includes blood pressure measurement, urine diagnostics and a careful physical and gynecological examination.
Before prescribing hormonal contraceptives, your gynecologist will also explain the effectiveness and side effects. Among other things, he / she will point out to you that menstrual cycle disorders can occur in the first few months of use. In addition, the effectiveness can be weakened in the case of diarrhea, vomiting or the simultaneous use of certain drugs. Young women in particular should be informed about the fact that hormonal contraception (e.g. pill) does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases (such as gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV) and that it is therefore advisable to use a condom at the same time.
When prescribing the pill for the first time, a preparation with the lowest possible dose of estrogen is usually used. An initial check-up is scheduled after three months of taking, then every twelve months. If you have any complaints or questions about the intake between the examinations, you should contact your gynecologist immediately.
You can find information about visiting a gynecologist here.
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