No More Kids, thanks!
You have reached the point in your life where you both agree ‘no more children!’ So now you are wondering about the choices available to you…
For women there are a multitude of non-permanent methods available. With each option is the possibility of pregnancy and of course side effects. The majority are perfectly safe for long-term use but some do have problems associated with them. Ask your doctor about any concerns that you do have. Some options include:
- Birth Control Sponge (Today Sponge)
- Birth Control Patch
- Birth Control Vaginal Ring (NuvaRing)
- Birth Control Pills
- Birth Control Shot (Depo-Provera)
- Birth Control Implant (Implanon and Nexplanon)
- Female Condom
- Cervical Cap (FemCap)
- Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FAMs)
- Pull Out Method (Withdrawal)
- Morning-After Pill (Emergency Contraception)
- Sterilization for Women (Tubal Sterilization)
Some common side effects that you should be aware of and discuss with your GP can include:
- Intermenstrual spotting
- Breast tenderness
- Headaches and migraine
- Weight gain
- Mood changes
- Missed periods
- Decreased libido
- Vaginal discharge
- Changes to eyesight for those using contact lenses
A permanent option for women is sterilisation or having your tubes tied. This is a surgical procedure and would normally have a recovery period of around 7 days. There are a couple of options within this form of birth control and you should discuss with your doctor.
Solutions For Men
No-Scalpel Vasectomy (NSV) is a technique that was developed in China in 1974. It is proving an extremely option and one of the very few available to men. It is now the recommended method of choice throughout the world, being used extensively in the USA, UK, China and many other countries.
In a vasectomy, the tubes carrying sperm from the testicles are blocked or cut. This prevents sperm mixing with the semen which therefore makes the man sterile.
In a traditional vasectomy, two incisions (cuts) are made in the scrotum and through these, each vas is located, cut and both ends tied. The skin wounds are closed with stitches.
NSV differs in the way the local anaesthetic is administered and in that a single “keyhole” entry is made to both vasa (you have a single wound). There is no cutting of tissues as in traditional vasectomy. That means recovery time is extremely fast. It also means that the likelihood of bleeding and therefore subsequent swelling and pain is much reduced. There are no stitches required.
Vasectomy should be entered into as a permanent solution and irreversible. It is true though that NSV is considered more easily reversible than a traditional vasectomy.
Overall, with NSV there is less discomfort and recovery is faster than was previously experienced.
Of course, no solution should be entered into without proper consultation with your doctor. You need to be sure that the option you decide upon is right for you, your relationship and your family circumstances.
If you have any questions regarding any of the areas above please get in touch. We would be happy to book a consultation for you.