Why Condom Is the Best Family Planning Method or Contraceptive
There are two decisions which a couple needs to take. First to adopt family planning method and second to choose the best family planning method.
I am not going to discuss the debate of all the time that whether family planning is religiously allowed or not. Let’s leave it for some other day. Today I am going to talk about the best family planning method that a couple can use.
When a couple thinks upon adopting family planning method, it comes across with many of the contraceptives, including the diaphragm, oral contraceptives (pills), implants, IUD, female sterilization, emergency contraception, and condoms. Zeroing down the best contraceptive is indeed a difficult job. Every contraceptive has its own plus points and negative points. Let’s do one thing. Let’s have an overlook on all the contraceptives to reach a final decision.
The birth control pills have 98% success rate if taken regularly. But its side effects are unavoidable. Women get nausea, weight gain, mood changes, stomach pain, chest pain, swelling or aching legs. I talked to a gynecologist to confirm these side effects because it was disturbing me that if pills get such effects so why would any woman want to use them. Why would someone deliberately go for bearing pain? Bothered by this question, I went to her and talked about this. I was partly satisfied by her answer as she told me that it is indeed true, these effects do occur with ladies but these are not such big problems that cannot be managed. They are manageable and keeping in mind the function they perform, there is no big issue in handling these effects.
I wonder, delivering a baby is in itself, an excruciatingly painful process, and after that pain how can a woman allow herself to get into bearing other pains? Stomach pain, chest pain, swelling or aching legs can definitely disturb the routine and life of the woman. Why would she want it? I agree that pills save from unintended pregnancies, the pregnancies which turn into extremely painful abortions if not stopped at the right time. Does that make sense to you? A female already gone through excruciating pain goes through other pains to avoid some serious pain of abortion. Isn’t it possible that the pain factor eliminates from here? Let’s see if we get the answer to other birth control methods.
While making up mind for choosing the best contraceptive method, a couple necessarily considers the fertility option. They do want a temporary stoppage but not the permanent one. Women largely perceive that pill can distort their fertility. This fear refrains them from consuming pills or IUDs. This is probably the biggest misconception linked to the birth control methods that they dysfunction the fertility of a woman. However, it is learned that pills do not influence fertility. When I inquired about this from the Gynecologist, she told me that these contraceptives reach differently to every human, depending upon their hormones. Now, this is a bit disturbing fact. Usually our people do not research for a myth, and rather blindly trust it. Although the situation can be opposite and sometimes it is actually different from the perception. What disturbs and bothers ladies, is that factually is it said that pills or IUDs do not affect fertility but they do react differently according to hormones. What if these reactions lead to infertility? Maybe this concept would not matter much in Western society, but in our society, it is considered mandatory for a woman to conceive. In such a society, the thought of these reactions discourages the women to use IUDs or pills for birth control. So if we see, we need something which doesn’t involve pain and doesn’t affect the fertility of a woman.
The CPR rate in Pakistan is 35.4%. We do not have clear figures of how many people use pills, implants, IUDs, and condoms. What we know is that 35.4% people use contraceptive methods. There are many reasons behind the reluctance of people towards using contraceptives. I see one of them is the myths and associations affiliated with the contraceptives. However, some of the associations are partly true, but we need to find some logic in these affiliations and find the truth ourselves.
Implants are a very famous birth control method. If overall it is to be looked upon, every birth control method brings some pain for the woman or raise serious concerns over their fertility. I understand this fertility is crucially important and one can’t afford to lose it. Thankfully with implants, there are not fertility concerns but yes, the fallacy is they cause illness, health problems such as blindness, cancer or birth defects, menstrual bleeding, headaches and abdominal pain.
Now if I talk about the condom, there are NO side effects with condoms. They are just worn on the male organ and that’s it. Nothing is inserted, nothing is to be taken inside unlike pills, IUDs, and implants. No fertility concerns, no menstrual bleeding, no birth defects, no blindness risk, no cancer concerns, no aching legs, no stomach pain or chest pain. It’s all clear with condoms. A couple can feel free to use condoms as the perfect birth control method. Distinctively, all other contraceptives provide prevention against unwanted pregnancies, but CONDOM is the only contraceptive which prevents HIV/Aids, STI’s (sexually transmitted infections) and unwanted pregnancies. As much as unwanted pregnancies are important, the health of you and your partner is equally important. Do not take yourself to diseases when you have the prevention tool. Safe sex is largely important for a healthy life. Other contraceptives don’t promise to give sexual pleasure. Condoms are largely famous for giving sexual pleasure with the different variants, which meet the needs of different customers.
In the start, we were talking about getting an answer to the question that if there is any other contraceptive which involves no pain and no fertility issues. I think we are clear now on our question and we have got a pretty good answer to this.