What birth control methods are safe for me to use?
As the youth in America evolves and changes so does the educational curriculum and the age our youth learns about different topics. One of the more progressive and ever-growing health topics is comprehensive sex education.
As opposed to abstinence, only education – comprehensive sex education – aims to teach its students about all of the different options when it comes to engaging in intercourse. This ranges from abstinence to safe sex practices to birth control and other forms of contraception.
In terms of the latter, there are many options for women when it comes to prevent pregnancy and remain safe during intercourse.
There is estrogen-containing birth control like the pill, patch, and ring. There is a shot called Depo-Provera that is injected once every three months to prevent pregnancy and does not contain estrogen. There is also an intrauterine device (IUD), which is a small, t-shaped piece of plastic inserted into the uterus to provide birth control. Other options are barrier methods like condoms, diaphragms or female condoms.
With so many different options available for women to prevent pregnancy, it can become difficult to figure out which might be the best for you. It is right to worry about possible side effects that come as a result of using these products.
First and foremost, you should talk with your doctor about your health history and lifestyle so you can make an informed decision. From there, you should weigh your options and figure out which works best for you.
Most of the aforementioned forms of contraception have a proven track record of success with minor side effects that vary from woman to woman. Unfortunately, there are others that fall under those categories that have led to much worse side effects.
The Yaz birth control pill has been linked to an increased risk of blood clots. Blood clots are dangerous if untreated or not known, and can lead to serious or fatal results. Blood clots can travel to the lungs, heart or brain where they can become a serious medical complication or even lead to death. The drug has also been linked to high cholesterol or potassium levels, as well as gallbladder disease, which all can lead to heart attacks.
Another troublesome contraception for women is a Mirena IUD, which is a hormone-releasing system placed in the uterus to prevent pregnancy for up to 5 years.
Many women have experienced complications with the device, the most prominent of which has been reported as “device dislocation.”
In some cases the Mirena IUD, placed initially at the top of the uterine cavity, managed to migrate outside the uterus, even making its way into one woman’s abdomen. It resulted in severe pain that resulted in a trip to the emergency room. Ultimately it culminated in a surgery to remove the IUD.
Even though these forms of contraception have been advertised as sound options to prevent pregnancy, the makers of the products should be held liable for injuries you may have suffered outside of their advertised common side effects. The lawyers at Salter Ferguson, LLC in Birmingham, Alabama are prepared to help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering. Connect with them via their online contact form to schedule your free consultation.
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