Birth Control

What is birth control?

Birth control allows people to procreate when they are financially and emotionally ready. For women, reproductive age encompasses the ages between 15 to 40. 

What is the mostly widely used method of birth control in our country?

In Turkey 60% of women use traditional methods whereas 40% use modern methods of birth control. Traditional methods include withdrawal and rhythm methods.

IUD is the most widely preferred form of modern birth control in Turkey with 15-20% usage in the female population. In Europe, UK, US and Canada, birth control pills are more popular whereas in Turkey it is only used by 3-4% of women.

What is the best method of birth control? 

Reliable modern methods include birth control pills, subdermal implants, IUDs with or without hormones and condoms. The best method is the one that is the most suitable for the patient's preference and fertility expectations. For instance birth control pills or condoms might be convenient for a person who has never given birth while IUDs and subdermal implants can be more suitable for a women who has been pregnant or given birth before.

What is the most guaranteed method?

There is no answer to this question. Every method comes with its advantages and disadvantages. The methods with the lowest possibility of pregnancy are tubal ligation, subdermal implants and IUDs with hormones.

What are the “day after pills”?

The term “day after pills” refers to two types of pills. The first one is the “day after pill” containing estrogen and progesterone. The other is the “morning after pill” that only contains progesterone. Both are emergency contraception methods.

In the event of an unprotected sexual intercourse or a contraception failure such as the breaking of the condom, emergency contraception pills prevent pregnancy at a rate of 80-85%. The most widely used pill is the “morning after pill” that contains progesterone which is more efficient and comes with fewer side effects.

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