For most people the need to protect themselves from pregnancy is relevant for the most part of their lives. The method does not necessarily have to be the same throughout life. When you are young, you may choose condom and contraceptive pills; when you have had children, you may change to a coil and later in life you may change to a diaphragm. For others, sterilisation may be a good option when the family has reached a desirable size.
Traditionally, protection against pregnancy has first and foremost been a matter for women. Far most remedies are developed to be used by women – the male contraceptive pill is not waiting around the corner. It is also the women to take the greatest risk. They feel a pregnancy and it is them who possibly have to have an abortion. However, it is not that simple. For most men, it is a heavy experience to make a woman unwantedly pregnant. What if the woman chooses to go through with the pregnancy? Or what if she chooses to have an abortion? No matter what the woman chooses, it has consequences for the man. Consequences that could have been avoided by using the right protection. The perfect protection from pregnancy, meaning 100% safety and without side effects is not yet invented. However, today so different methods are developed that practically everyone will be able to achieve acceptable protection.
The purpose of this section is to give you an overview of the different methods you can use to protect yourself. Knowledge about advantages and disadvantages of the different methods can help you when choosing the protection that is best for you.
Avoid pregnancy – What can I do? – is divided into three sections:
Tells you about how pregnancy arises.
2. Methods for protection
Tells you about the different remedies and methods. What are the advantages and disadvantages? Information that can help you choose the protection that fits you best.
3. If it goes wrong
Tells you what you can do, if it goes wrong in spite of precautions.