With family planning taking centre stage in many health campaigns across the world, the number of unplanned pregnancies has significantly reduced. Individuals are more informed about the benefits of family planning and are aware of how to plan and birth control methods that are most suited to them.
Why is family planning or preventing an unwanted pregnancy important?
Many researches and empirical evidence across cultures indicate that an unplanned pregnancy can create a mental health burden on the parents. When the parents are not ready to deal with the big changes that come with being parents, it can lead to stress, anxiety, postpartum depression for either or both parents, and poor health outcomes for the baby.
Let’s take a look at the different implications of an unplanned pregnancy.
The first stage where the unplanned pregnancy can lead to stress is choosing whether to go ahead with the pregnancy or not. Not all unplanned pregnancies end in abortion. So, making the choice of continuing the pregnancy or not can itself be a big roller coaster of a discussion.
If the parents or the mother decide to continue with the pregnancy, the mother will probably face many pregnancy-related changes, including mood swings, changes in appetite, fatigue, weight fluctuations, changes in diet amongst others that she may not be ready to deal with. These unexpected changes can immense stress to the to-be mother.
There could be financial implications of raising a child. If the parents do not have the financial resources that they think they need to raise a child, that could add to their stress. This could be compounded by the inability of the individual carrying the baby to go to work. Not getting enough parental leave can add to the stress.
An unplanned baby can considerably change your life vision. If you always planned to retire by 40 and live with your partner in the hills, this could change. This significant change in how you believed you would lead your life can decrease your life satisfaction.
While having a child can be meaningful for some, it is not for all. So, what do you do to prevent an unplanned pregnancy? By choosing an effective birth control method such as contraceptive pills.
What are contraceptive pills?
One of the most common contraception methods used is hormonal contraceptive pills. These pills prevent ovulation, which means the woman cannot get pregnant as there is no egg to be fertilised.
There are two types of contraceptive pills- regular and emergency.
For example, Mankind’s Unwanted -21 is a regular contraceptive pill. It needs to be taken regularly to be effective. The individual has to take one ‘active’ pill each day at the same time for 21 consecutive days. This will be followed by taking either ‘inactive’ pills or not taking any pill while the individual has their period. After the period, the individual starts with a new pack of contraceptives again.
An emergency pill such as Mankind’s Unwanted-72 is used in case of unprotected sex, protection failure, or if you aren’t taking any regular contraceptive pills. It needs to be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex for it be effective. It is India’s No. 1 Contraceptive Tablet and readily available in chemists.
Parenthood is a choice. Some want it, and some don’t. If you wish not to have a baby in the near future or ever, it is wise to invest in an effective and comfortable birth control method. Speak to your partner and consult your healthcare worker to help you find the best way for you to lead a life of good physical and mental health.