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What should I do to avoid pregnancy?

Q: I am a 28 years old married woman having an 8 years old daughter. I conceived two month back even after taking I-pill between 48 and 72 hours after having sex. We decided to abort it so I took Mifepristone and Misoprostol 45 days after the previous period. I menstruated after taking Misoprostol but it was not like the usual periods. I did not consume the second dose of Misoprostol. Now, a month is over after the previous period and yet I haven’t had periods yet. My normal menstrual cycle is 28 days. Instead I found a little menstrual bleeding. I thought that my periods had started last week but the bleeding stopped immediately. I do not want to conceive. Please advise.

A:You can go on a oral contraceptive pill or use contraceptives like the condom with spermicidal cream/diaphragm/female condom/sponge (today) or injectable progesterones. The most effective with least failure rate <0.05% is the pill, but disadvantage of few side effects in 1-25 cases, and daily use. The condoms/intrauterine contraceptive devices (iucds)/diaphragm and female condoms’ failure rate range from 2-3% or more. These have other advantages though of convenience, cost and easy to use. Injectable are convenient, three monthly use, but have higher failure rate of 2-3% and some side effects- you can choose according to life style and budget.


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