Dr. Chaitali Roy explains contraception efficacy and advises the right contraceptive pill

Dr Chaitali Roy explains the virtues and vices of different contraceptive methods. She shatters myths on using oral contraceptive pills and becoming infertile or gaining weight.

Contraception is very important, for oneself, for the life partner and for the environment, for the mental and physical health of all the family members and for the economic future of the whole family. Mission Parivar Vikas, a central family planning initiative, has also been launched by the Ministry. The key strategic focus of this initiative is on improving access to contraceptives through delivering assured services, ensuring commodity security and accelerating access to high-quality family planning services. The main objective of the Mission Parivar Vikas family planning initiative is to bring down the Total Fertility Rate to 2.1 by the year 2025. We at Medicircle are conducting the World Contraception Day Awareness Series to impart basic knowledge and encourage people to know about contraception for effective and successful family planning.

Dr Chaitali Roy is working as a consultant gynaecologist and obstetrician, laparoscopic surgeon. She works as a consultant at Techno India Dama Health care and Medical Centre. Dr Chaitali Roy has helped numerous patients in her 21 years of experience as a Gynaecologist.

Contraception and STDs

Dr Roy begins, “This is a very important topic. We should all think about the prevention of sexually transmitted disorders. As we are Westernising, we are receiving many adolescent patients. Their age group doesn’t know what safe sex is. They are therefore more at risk from STDs. Oral contraceptive pills, injectables and other methods that have high efficacy. But their results are poor when it comes to STDs. When it comes to STDs only one method is reliable, that is the barrier method (condom). Again the contraceptive efficacy of condoms is not much. My suggestion is to combine two methods, oral contraceptive pills plus barrier method. This combined method is effective against STDs.”

Emergency pill

She explains, “Emergency contraceptive is used when one is preventing pregnancy or when one has missed their pills but have been exposed to sexual intercourse. An emergency pill is not the same as an abortifacient drug. An abortifacient is used to terminate your pregnancy. An emergency pill should not be confused with a regular contraceptive pill. The latter is an umbrella term for contraceptive care and provided regular protection. An emergency pill is used when the regular contraceptive pill is missed and you have to use one as an emergency. Emergency pills are not as efficient as regular contraceptive pills. And they should not be used regularly.”

Side effects

Dr Roy says, “Gaining weight due to contraception pill is a myth. There are many scientific trials that have concluded that there is no relation between contraceptive pills and weight gain. On the contrary, they reduce body weight. If you notice weight gain the there must be some other factor that results in your weight gain.”

Pregnancy after using contraception

She answers, “ It is seen in many women that after stopping their oral contraception pills, they get their pregnancy within four to six months. Research suggests that 84% of women can achieve pregnancy within 10 to 12 months. Be reassured that if you have been taking the pill for long then it doesn’t make you infertile. As such you must plan your life and plan your pregnancy accordingly.”

(Edited by Priyal Shah)


Contributed By: Dr Chaitali Roy, Consultant, Techno India Dama Health Care and Medical Centre. 
Tags : #World-Contraception-Day-Awareness-Day #DrChaitaliRoy #contraception #oralcontraception #emergencypill #pregnancy #infertility #smitakumar #medicircle

About the Author

Priyal Shah

Priyal Shah is a graduate of Media from Mithibai College, Mumbai. She is a writer, researcher and avid reader.

Related Stories

Loading Please wait...

Trending Now

PM addresses the Nation today, announces free vaccinesJune 07, 2021
Why inhalers are best for treating asthma, well illustrated by Dr. Anil SingalMay 12, 2021
Dr. Rohan Palshetkar shares his invaluable insights about the Maternal Mortality Rate causes and improvements in India April 29, 2021
It is important to adopt a non-judgmental attitude towards any teenage girl seeking contraceptive advise suggests Dr. Teena Trivedi, Obstetrician and GynecologistApril 16, 2021
80% of the diseases are psychosomatic which means they have roots in the mind and this is where homeopathy steps in - It resolves physical ailments by finding the cause in the mind – Dr. Sanket Dhuri, Consultant Homeopath April 14, 2021
A futuristic Vision of a Healthcare Entrepreneur: Shyatto Raha, CEO, and Founder of MyHealthcareApril 12, 2021
Saher Mehdi, Founder and Chief Scientist at wellOwise talks about aspects making healthcare more equitable and reachableApril 10, 2021
Wide variety of therapies to address autism in children explained by Dr. Shilpa Jasubhai, Clinical PsychologistApril 09, 2021
Allopathic and Homeopathic medicines should not be taken together says Dr. Sunil Mehra, Homeopath ConsultantApril 08, 2021
The charm of homeopathic medicine is that it can be taken with conventional medicines – Dr. Shruthi Shridhar, Consulting Homeopath April 08, 2021
Dissociative Identity Disorder and associated concepts explained by Dr. Vinod Kumar, Psychiatrist and Head of Mpower - The Centre (Bangalore) April 07, 2021
Dissociative Identity Disorder explained by Dr. Shilpa Jasubhai, Clinical PsychologistApril 05, 2021
Sehat Ki Baat, Karishma Ke Saath- Episode 6 Healthy Diet For Boosting Metabolism Which Can Help Thyroid Patients April 03, 2021
Significant Pointers on Kidney Health by Dr. Santosh Waigankar, Consultant Urooncologist and Robotic Surgeon at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani HospitalApril 01, 2021
Dr. Vaishal Kenia, Ophthalmologist Talks About the Different Possibilities Available for the Treatment of Glaucoma Depending Upon Their Type and SeverityMarch 30, 2021
No Definitive Role of Diet in Treatment of Lymphedema but Intake of Calories, Salt and Long Chain Fatty Acids should be controlled says Dr. Ramani CVMarch 30, 2021
Dr. Kiran Chandra Patro, Senior Nephrologist Talks About Dialysis as the Temporary Process and Not a Permanent Cure for the Patients of Renal DysfunctionMarch 30, 2021
Two out of three new chronic kidney disease patients are found to have diabetes or hypertension informs Dr. Sreeharsha HarinathaMarch 30, 2021
Glaucoma Treatment: Medications or Surgery? A valuable piece of advice from Dr. Pranay Kapdia, Chairman and Medical Director of Kapadia Eye CareMarch 25, 2021
Dr. Shraddha Satav, Consultant Ophthalmologist Recommends that Everybody After 40, Should Go for the Complete Eye Checkup at Regular IntervalMarch 25, 2021