The use of various contraceptive methods has great benefits beyond just birth control, such as the decrease in the amount and intensity of menstruation, its regularization and the decline of premenstrual syndrome in women, to name a few.
The use of contraceptive methods also decreases long-term illnesses, since women who use pills are less likely to develop malignancies in the ovaries, cervix and even breast, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. diverse studies.
There are many benefits of using contraceptives, however, according to the Mexican Foundation for Family Planning (Mexfam).
- Ectopic pregnancies. According to Dr. Samuel Santoyo Haro, specialist in reproductive health at UNAM, the combined contraceptives of progesterone and estrogen help reduce the risk of pregnancy outside the womb (ectopic) by up to 90%.
- Cancer. According to the specialist, it has been proven that with this type of combined contraceptives the formation of cysts is avoided in up to 78% and it is protected against ovarian and endometrial cancer in 40%.
- Also, this type of contraceptive helps against pelvic inflammatory disease, regulates menstruation, the intense pain suffered by some women during that period and prevents the loss of calcium, which counteracts the problems of osteoporosis.
- HIV. It has been estimated that the consistent use of male condoms can prevent the sexual transmission of HIV by 80%, according to the World Health Organization.
- ITS. This type of barrier contraceptive protects very effectively from syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia and trichomonas, but from that caused by the herpes simplex virus and the human papilloma virus, and from other STIs that can cause ulcers on the genitals. , in up to 70% of cases, according to WHO.
In general, the various contraceptive methods are the most effective strategy against the prevention of problems related to sexual health, so it is important to spread its benefits among sexually active people and those belonging to risk groups.