The contraception of choice among university students


By: [email protected]

Many students in institutions of higher learning start what you would call serious relationships and LinkmeUg is concerned about their sexual health. Our reporter had a chart with some young people at campus about what kind of protection they use against HIV and pregnancy.

Brenda: I use the morning-after-pills. Accidents happen, that’s why we have emergency contraception. I make sure I take immediately after having unprotected sex, they are orally taken.
Doreen: I use the Depot Provera shot ( injection for three months) It takes me three months, it is 99% effective  in preventing pregnancy if you get the injection every 12 weeks.
Bridget:  I find abstinence as the best birth control method. It prevents pregnancy, sexually transmitted infection, but also easy and convenient for me.
Violet: I use birth control pills ( tablets) I take a pill each day to prevent pregnancy and its easy to get with a prescription each month.

Winnie: I prefer and use of condoms.  Condoms can be used with another form of birth control for extra protection but can also be used anytime.
Steven: I use condoms at most. Condoms are the best way to have safer sex.
Javira: I use condoms always. They are highly effective in preventing the sexual transmission of HIV and many other STDs and practice is not required.
Yvonne: I would prefer condoms. are 98% effective in preventing pregnancy when used
Joan: I think condoms are the best and effective for me to use have less or technically no side effects but also easy to purchase at a convenience store, pharmacies and even groceries.

Lydia: My boyfriend and I are using condoms, we don’t want any mistakes.

Ronald: I use condoms without any excuse, I don’t want to catch HIV or be a father at 21.

Christine: I don’t have a boyfriend so I am abstaining and I don’t believe in sex for fun but condoms are convenient, you don’t have to worry about pregnancy or an infection or HIV.

Tindi: I use condoms when am sober, it worries me that I have unprotected sex when am drunk and I am thinking about it.

Sometimes when contraception is not used, a pregnancy can occur and many couples see abortion as the only option. Uganda records about 800 abortion a day but there is no cure for HIV yet. We spoke to Dr. Fiona Lalango of International Medical Link about the different option for young people.

Linkme Ug: Do condoms fail sometimes?

Dr.Fiona Lalango: Don’t panic, in a moment of passion accidents many happen, a condom worn incorrectly, handled roughly or past its expiration date can lead to it breaking or slipping.
Linkme Ug: What if the condom broke?
Dr.Fiona Lalango: Discuss getting tested for STDs/STIs with your partner as soon as possible.
Discuss emergency contraception with a health care provider if you were not protected by another form of contraception. Stay away from all sexual contact until you have tested negative for STIs/STDs.

Linkme Ug: What if I forgot to take my pill?

Dr.Fiona Lalango: Firstly, stay calm. If this is repeated consider using a long acting reversible contraceptive method. Speak to your healthcare advisor immediately. If the intercourse happened less than 72hrs ago, the emergency contraception, can be taken to guard against pregnancy. However, note that the sooner you take the emergency contraception, the more effective it is. You can also buy a home pregnancy test.

Linkme Ug: Is it safe to repeatedly take the morning after?
Dr.Fiona Lalango: Repeated administration with in a menstrual cycle is not advisable because of the possibility of disturbance of the cycle. The emergency pill shouldn’t be relied on as a regular form of contraception and its not as effective as other forms of hormonal  contraception specifically made for regular use. its only intended as a backup.

Linkme Ug: Which contraception is right for me as a young adult?
Dr. Fiona Lalango: If you can’t abstain I advice young adults to use condoms
for safer sex. For ladies, there are no possibilities of disturbance of the menstrual cycle.

There are many ways to prevent HIV and pregnancy. Abstinence is the best option against both, Condoms too prevent all forms of STDs including HIV and pregnancy. Birth control methods only prevent pregnancy if correctly used but are not a protection against HIV. Before you get one, make sure a medical personnel explains to you how they work. And remember risky sexual behaviour may cut short your life.


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