Did you hear about the contraceptive strips?

What is a contraceptive strip?

•     4.5cm long weekly strips containing hormones; it is stuck to the skin in order to prevent pregnancy

•     It is used for one week, and replaced on the last day of the week, three weeks in a row; the strip is not applied on the fourth week

•     It contains progesterone and estrogen hormones

•     It is absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream and it prevents ovulation, thickening the secrete inside cervix, and in this way, it prevents entering sperm.

What are the advantages?

•     No interruption of the intercourse is needed in order to apply the contraception

•     It shortens, alleviates, and makes the period less painful

•     The level of fertility is quickly back to normal after the contraception is not used any longer.

What are the disadvantages?

•     It doesn’t prevent sexually transmitted diseases

•     It causes side-effects like over-sensitivity of nipples, headache, nausea, upper breathe canal infection, menstrual contractions, stomachache, skin irritation on the applied area

•     It increases the risk of breast cancer, especially for smokers and women older than 35

•     It is not recommendable for women suffering from blood vessel shrinkage or some cases of tumor, or for those women who had a heart attack or stroke

•     The effects of the contraception can be reduced while taking drugs like antibiotics – you should always ask for a doctor’s assistance before taking new drugs

•     The strips must be changed weekly because the effectiveness depends on the exactness and reliability of the people who use them The level of effectiveness of contraceptive strips is 99%.

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