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Alternative ways of preventing unplanned pregnancies
By Silas Nyamweya | Updated Jan 21, 2020 at 10:52 EAT
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SUMMARY

Sadly, some of these women decide to do away with any birth control method, and so they end up getting children with no control.

The result is unplanned families. However, other than using artificial methods, there are a number of alternative ways that can still be used to achieve this goal.

Birth control is an increasingly common practice today, especially among sexually active partners. While many women rely on artificial planning methods in preventing pregnancies, there are a number of them who are forced to withdraw them due to health complications.

Sadly, some of these women decide to do away with any birth control method, and so they end up getting children with no control. The result is unplanned families. However, other than using artificial methods, there are a number of alternative ways that can still be used to achieve this goal.

Pundits in the Family Planning Association (FPA) in Kenya speculate that without contraception, nearly 90% of sexually active women are capable of conceiving a child within 12 months. It is, therefore, essential that individuals be aware of the alternatives they have. Below is a brief look at the natural ways to avoid pregnancy:

Use of condoms

The male and female condoms alike are among the most effective in birth control. Even so, abstinence is the ever so reliable technique compared to many other contraceptive methods. In addition to birth control, condoms also help prevent the transmission of Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

Cervical caps and Sponges

Cervical caps are soft caps made of silicone ware deeply placed inside the vagina. Sponges, on the other hand, comprise polyutherane foam together with spermicide. Just like the former, the latter, too, is put profoundly inside the vagina. Although it is almost as effective as condoms, cervical caps and sponges are unable to protect one from STIs.

Sterilization

This contraception is not prevalent, but it is known to have high success rates. Both women and men can undergo sterilization, which is a trivial procedure that will not mean a night in the hospital. Reversal procedures can be possible for the individual who had the procedure done. However, the fertility level will not be as high as they were before or as anticipated.

There are many birth control methods available today. Preventing a pregnancy would only require you to choose among the many options, including techniques that involve hormonal altering, implants, vaginal rings, IUDs, patches, and pills, among others. The options one takes should be in line with their specific needs for effectiveness.

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