More women stop the pill, take shots instead Read more: More women stop the pill, take shots instead

The Times of India

Umesh Isalkar, TNN, Dec 10, 2010, 02.12am IST
PUNE: Padmaja, 29, prefers the injections over the pills and the ring.Like her, many newly married, working women and homemakers, are taking to injectible contraceptives, to put off pregnancy, say city-based medical experts. However, they have also warned of complications if taken without medical consultation.

After a medical check-up, a doctor administers the pregnancy-preventing hormones every three months.The first shot must be given within five days after the start of menstruation, and the medication is effective immediately.

“More women in the city have begun using the injectible contraceptive (IC) in the last two-three years. We see nearly 40 to 50 women who seek contraception advice every month. At least 20 per cent prefer the shot that should be taken every three months,” said well-known gynaecologist Sunita Tandulwadkar.

The IC, say medial experts, which came to India only recently, is effective. It results in long-term pregnancy protection and the method is flexible. Women can stop the injections and chose pregnancy after the effect wears down, said Tandulwadkar.

Senior gynaecologist Sanjeev Khurd, ex-president of the Pune Obsterics and Gynaecology Society of India ( POGSI) said, “There has been a steady acceptance of injectible contraceptives in cities like Mumbai and Pune over the last few years. As it is just a one-dose injection which lasts for three months, many married working women and newly married ones are opting for it.”

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.