Yourwellness Magazine Takes a Closer Look at Contraception

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With the EMA rejecting a request to tighten prescription guidelines for some oral contraceptive pills, Yourwellness Magazine took a closer look at contraceptive methods.

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The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has rejected a request to tighten prescription guidelines for some oral contraceptive pills which have been linked with a higher risk of blood clots in arteries or veins, Web MD reported October 14th. The article, “Drug agency says contraceptive pill benefits outweigh risks, noted the views of Dr Sarah Branch, deputy director of the MHRA's Vigilance and Risk Management of Medicines Division, who commented, ‘Women should continue to take their contraceptive pill. These are very safe, highly effective medicines for preventing unwanted pregnancy and the benefits associated with their use far outweigh the risk of blood clots in veins or arteries.’ (

With this in mind, Yourwellness Magazine investigated the facts around contraception. According to Yourwellness Magazine, ‘Contraception should tick a lot of boxes in one go – it should be cheap, easy to use, convenient, reversible and without any side effects. Beyond anything else though, it should protect against STDs as well as pregnancy. The type of contraception you use needs to fit your lifestyle perfectly, as well as your future goals for having a family or not. There are numerous choices out there, each with their own set of pros and cons – it’s simply a matter of sifting through until you find one which best suits your needs. From barrier methods to monitoring your natural cycle, choosing the right contraception is vital for a happy and safe sex life.’ (

Yourwellness Magazine noted that natural methods – such as the rhythm method, the Basal body temperature technique and the pull-out method – are popular with women who don’t want to worry about hormones disrupting their natural cycle, but there is a high risk of failure in preventing pregnancy and STDs. Yourwellness Magazine explained that oral contraceptives contain two hormones, oestrogen and progesterone, which regularise periods, prevent ovarian cysts and reduce the pain and bleeding during the menstrual cycle, as well as preventing pregnancies.

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