How to Deal with Birth Control Injuries and Unintended Pregnancy

Birth control (and lack thereof) will always be a hot topic amongst women. Avoiding pregnancy can be difficult and come with its own complications, and depending upon where you live, the availability of certain birth control methods will vary.

Choosing the right way to prevent and avoid pregnancy is a personal decision that isn’t always easy. Fortunately, there are lots of options available today that can help you prevent an unexpected pregnancy. When you’re deciding which one is right for you, take into consideration your personal needs, lifestyle, and physical health.

Types of Birth Control

For those who may not be aware, here’s a quick overview of the types of birth control that most women use.

Birth Control Pill: This is the most widely-used contraceptive. All it requires is taking a birth control pill each day to avoid pregnancy, but many birth control pills can come along with awful side effects and may not be effective if they aren’t used 100% correctly.

Implant: Most often, an implant is surgically implanted into a patient’s arm, where it releases birth control hormones on a monthly cycle. However, the implant can easily get lost or move, causing other issues down the line.

IUD: An IUD, like the implant, also requires a surgical procedure. The IUD is implanted within the uterus, where it either releases birth-control hormones or, if it’s a copper IUD, works by suppressing uterine hormones to prevent pregnancy.

Essure: Up until recently, Essure was a birth control implant that made the user sterile while it was used. For women who wanted to be permanently sterilized, Essure was an easy way to do so. However, allegations of Essure not working or causing issues resulted in the FDA pulled Essure off the market.

Condoms: Latex condoms are worn on the penis during intercourse. They prevent pregnancy by keeping semen from coming into contact with fertile eggs. Condoms are often given out for free at health clinics, and they’re available for over-the-counter purchase for about $1.00 a piece at drug stores and grocery stores.

Female condoms: Also made of latex, female condoms are shaped like a ring with a pouch. The pouch fits inside the vagina, while the ring stays outside the body to hold it in place. They collect semen during intercourse so it never has a chance to enter the woman’s body. Female condoms cost about $4.00 a piece and are available at drugstores.

Diaphragms: These shallow cups made of silicone are inserted inside the vagina and over the cervix to prevent semen from contacting an egg. They are commonly used in combination with spermicidal jelly, which prevents sperm from moving, in order to increase efficacy.

Abstinence: Abstaining from vaginal intercourse prevents pregnancy by preventing the man’s semen from coming into contact with the woman’s egg. Abstinence is one hundred percent effective in preventing pregnancy when it is used continuously.

Fertility awareness: Also called natural family planning, this method of birth control requires having sex only during times of the menstrual cycle when the woman is not fertile. During times when pregnancy would be possible, periodic abstinence is employed. For fertility awareness to be effective, the practitioner must understand and respect the perimeters of her fertility.

  • Fertility awareness often involves three different ways for calculating fertility: the calendar method, the mucus method, and the temperature method. Used together, these three methods are very effective at determining exactly when a woman is fertile.
  • The calendar method requires tracking the different phases of the menstrual cycle on a calendar, then noticing patterns over time and using the patterns to predict when ovulation will occur.
  • The mucus method involves checking vaginal mucus, which changes in color and consistency when a woman is fertile.
  • The temperature method involves checking the body’s basal temperature every day and noticing when it goes up a few tenths of degree, which signals that ovulation has occurred.
  • The downside of fertility awareness is that it requires a lot of time and attention. If you forget to check mucus or temperature for a few days, you may miscalculate the days during which sex should be avoided.
  • The upside of fertility awareness is that it its completely natural, requiring almost no money, no outside hormones, and no uncomfortable devices.

Female sterilization: Surgery is conducted to close off the fallopian tubes in a process called tubal ligation, preventing the possibility of pregnancy. This method is extremely effective at preventing pregnancy, but it is not to be taken lightly, since it is difficult or impossible to reverse.

Vasectomy: Men may choose to undergo a process that blocks their vas deferentia, through which sperm flow, preventing them from mixing with semen. When the man ejaculates, his semen does not contain sperm, making it impossible for him to get a woman pregnant. Vasectomy may be reversed in some cases, but it should not be considered unless the intention is to become permanently sterilized.

Use emergency contraception: Also called Plan B, emergency contraception consists of two pills containing levonorgestrel that are ingested as soon as possible after sexual intercourse. The sooner they are taken, the more effective they are at preventing pregnancy.

How to Deal with Birth Control Injuries and Unintended Pregnancy

If you have dealt with an adverse reaction to birth control or had a trusted birth control method fail on you, there’s no doubt that you are in a tough spot. Unwanted pregnancy can take a huge mental toll upon a person, and that’s not even taking into account the physical problems that can come along with pregnancy.

While it is scary to come to terms with the fact that your birth control may be making you sick or is not effective at preventing pregnancy, there are many personal injury attorneys out there who are willing to go an extra mile to ensure that you receive compensation to cover medical bills or the cost of having an unwanted child.

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