Breaking the stigma: The wonders of using modern contraception for women

Ok girls, listen up!

I’m tired of listening to horror stories on women staying away from using contraception, especially on pills because of its rumored adverse effects on our body. The latest studies show that there are more positive effects on the women’s body by using contraceptives apart from not getting pregnant.

This is what we learned during our “PillowTalk” session with Obstetrician-Gynecologist, Dr. Amity Casurao-Trono and renowned Actress/Comedian, Via Antonio a week ago that is hosted by Bayer Pharmaceuticals.

The aim of the intimate ladies-only talk is to educate us ladies on its importance of reproductive health and to correct the misconceptions about modern contraceptives.

I am thankful that I am included in this intimate session for I learned a lot from Via and Doc Amity.

Let me share some of the insights during the event:

Via Antonio’s advocacy – breaking the stigma on using the pill

I can feel Actress and Comedian Via Antonio’s advocacy to break the stigma of using the pill for it still remains a taboo topic for most Filipinas. True enough, as many of us didn’t know, the pill is one of the most effective forms of contraceptive. She also told us her story of her being a young mom while still in college. The pill is still being associated with users having a promiscuous lifestyle, while it also has many benefits apart from avoiding getting pregnant, such as having a regular menstrual cycle, controls bleeding and many more. It is also used by those being diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome).

Pillowtalk with Dra. Amity Trono – what is real and what is not on using contraception

Dra Amity, an OB-Gyne at the St. Lukes Medical Center and Rizal Medical Center, enlighten us on what is the real deal and fake news on using contraceptives. Let me share some with you:

  • Among the types of modern contraceptives, the pill, IUD/Intrauterine system (IUS), female sterilization, contraceptive patch, and injection are the most effective forms of contraception with ~99% efficiency.
  • Amongst all forms of modern contraceptives, the pill remains to be the most effective and the most preferred for they are the most convenient, non-invasive and the reversible.
  • There are two types of pills available for purchase – the combined oral contraceptive (COC) pill, which contains both progestin and estrogen hormones, and the mini pill, more known as the progestin-only pill (POP).
  • Pills can also treat a variety of hormone-based conditions and imbalances such as hyperandrogenism, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Most of the women who are using COCs report no adverse effects.
  • Select COC pills offer added benefits to women, such as reducing estrogen-related fluid retention and bloating, regulates hormonal problems such as acne, facial hair, and hair loss.

Speaking of pills, here’s the truth behind all the fake myths:

  • Pills do not cause birth defects – there are no adverse effects on using the COCs during early pregnancy. it is also not associated with the increase in spontaneous abortions.
  • Pills do not increase cancer risk – modern studies have shown that there is no direct risk in using the pill for breast cancer. in fact, the pill reduces the risk of getting a certain type of sarcoma-related diseases such as ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, and colorectal cancer.
  • Pills will not make every girl infertile – the main purpose of the pill is to prevent every woman from conceiving. in fact, one can get pregnant after not using the recommended COCs and POP for a month.

There’s a lot to know more about us women and our own reproductive health. Taking pills should be a norm especially now that young women are at risk of getting pregnant and their future is at stake.

To learn more about modern contraception and reproductive health, visit Your Life at www.your-life.com and on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/wcdphilippines

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