Our world is getting populated with every passing day when compared to the previous day. And if there is anybody who can control the population of the world then it has to be us individuals residing in this world. Birth control practices or one child per family practices are active in many countries, especially in the most populated country of the world — China. In most of families, even today the decision for giving birth or allowing a woman to continue her pregnancy lies in the hands of the men of the family. But this habit of practice has reduced drastically over the last couple of years. Women have become more independent about deciding whether they want their sexual intercourse to result in pregnancy or not. They are more aware of the number of responsibilities that come along with the birth of a child. This has led to women exploring various birth control options to consider when they find themselves in such a situation.
And let us tell you that there is absolutely no shortage of opinions or options when it comes to deciding your birth control so much so that it can be quite challenging for the women to find a method that is best suitable for them. So how do women end up making decisions on this?
You see, not all women in the world are given the education to understand the different birth control options or they do not have trusted adults whose advice they can take and not consume themselves in darkness regarding effective methods of contraception that are also healthy.
A lot of factors need to be looked at for decision making in this process — mental health, physical health, future plans, relationship status, government policies and much more. There has been an increase in acceptability for women who get their own information regarding decisions involved with sex.
Who Takes Birth Control?
Let us understand which category of women are the ones who are looking at contraceptive options. Recent data that was found in centers for disease and control and prevention indicates that the data collected between 2015 to 2019 shows almost that 65% of women who are aged between 15 to 49 years were apparently using contraception methods in those times. And the percentage of women who are actively looking at methods of contraception varies with respect to age. The survey also threw light on female sterilization, long active reversible contraception, the pill, and male condoms were considered as the various methods when it comes to birth control.
Understanding factors involved in decision making
We need to understand that we cannot look at birth control as just a Health trend if it is definitely much more than that. For women to consider decisions in contraceptive methods is very personal and it can be painstaking as well. One study of a woman in New York showed that changing her relationship dynamics led her to switch to birth control. This woman says that before she was in a relationship she was fine with using condoms. But once the relationship started becoming serious and she wanted to become more reliant on her partner, She began to consume the bill but after some research she had decided to take a copper IUD so that she doesn’t have to worry about birth control for the next five years. Another woman from Los Angeles says that opting for an IUD is much safer and is beneficial in the long term when it comes to contraceptive methods.
What is an IUD?
And are you date stands for intrauterine devices, it is a common choice for women when it comes to contraceptive methods. Ohio-based gynecologist and obstetrician claims that in her 20 years of clinical experience, these days it has begun to be more accepted now than it was 20 years before. She says that in her cases she has observed that one of the major factors for a woman’s contraceptive decision making is how long they would want to wait for a child?
The fact that IUDs are very easy to remove at any time and it can also help in reverting back to fertility quicker when compared to other hormonal implants or injections makes it a most popular choice among women for contraceptive methods.
It is important to learn about birth control
Very few teenagers in the present age receive sex education in a formal manner. In fact, certain data collected from different studies shows that there is an increase in the number of young women receiving instructions on how you should be declining sex and not about birth control practises. We need to educate both men and women about not just sex but also how to take care of their bodies with the right contraceptive practises. Having an open communication with your partner, your community, or even your family will allow young women to ask questions about their body, the practices that need to be done for the well-being of the body and so on. Of course, the Internet can be looked upon as one of the helpful resources of information when having an open communication with your close ones fails. But community is definitely considered as one of the powerful sources of empowerment and awareness.
We do agree that today, conversations revolving around birth control are more prevalent and open. However, there is still a lot of room for improvement when it comes to empowering your fellow women through awareness and access.