Knowing When to Start Taking Contraception
One important factor that you need to think about when choosing contraception, is how effective it actually is. Each type of contraceptive method is different. They each have their own advantages and disadvantages. Some are much more effective than others. One other main question that a lot of women have when it comes to contraception is when they can start taking it.
This question can relate to three different things including:
- What age can you start taking contraception
- How early do you have to take it before it is deemed effective?
- What time of the month should you take it?
Below you will find the answer to all of these questions. It’s important to know when to take contraception if you want to stay protected.
What Age Ranges Are Suitable for Contraception?
You are suitable for contraception as soon as you reach the age of consent. In the UK this is 16, though it will differ in other countries. Generally speaking you can start taking contraception as soon as you start having a menstrual cycle. Anybody who engages in sexual intercourse can use contraception. You should continue to use contraception for as long as you need it, up until the point where you go through your menopause.
Some types of contraception are more recommended for those who are having sex for the first time. If it is your first time then you may want to opt for condoms or the contraceptive injection rather than a method such as the coil. The coil is often painful to fit and this pain would increase if you haven’t yet broken the hymen. This should definitely be taken into account when you are trying to decide what type of contraception to use.
How Quickly Does Contraception Become Effective?
This will depend totally upon which type of contraception you use. If you use condoms then they are effective immediately. The same applies for the coil. The coil is typically fitted when you are on your period and it takes around 24 hours to become effective. By the time you are off your period you can enjoy unprotected sex without the worry of getting pregnant.
The contraceptive pill becomes effective after 7 days. Contraceptive injections are usually given 5 days before your period. They then become effective immediately. However if the injection is given after this time then you should wait for 7 days before having unprotected sex.
As for what time of month you should take the contraceptive, it will depend upon which type you opt for. Always ask your doctor for advice. They will be able to tell you exactly when to use it and how long it will take to work.