US Paralympians to be paid the same as Olympians for the first time ever
US Paralympians to be paid the same as Olympians for the first time ever

Sarah Finnan

‘Stop treating my child’s Down Syndrome as a tragedy’ – One mother’s story
‘Stop treating my child’s Down Syndrome as a tragedy’ – One mother’s story

Amanda Cassidy

What to eat this week: Kerala vegan cauliflower curry
What to eat this week: Kerala vegan cauliflower curry

Meg Walker

5 things to consider before setting up your own business
5 things to consider before setting up your own business

Grace McGettigan

Tom Daley knit his gold medal an Olympic cosy and it’s the most wholesome thing you’ll see all day
Tom Daley knit his gold medal an Olympic cosy and it’s the most wholesome thing...

Sarah Finnan

Only four women have ever won Olympic medals for Ireland, but four more joined the list last night
Only four women have ever won Olympic medals for Ireland, but four more joined the...

Lauren Heskin

6 brilliant Netflix picks that you NEED to binge-watch in August
6 brilliant Netflix picks that you NEED to binge-watch in August

Jennifer McShane

The best affordable bridal outfits for your big day
The best affordable bridal outfits for your big day

Sarah Finnan

‘I was still doing it for other people’: Simone Biles put her mental health first – and it should be applauded
‘I was still doing it for other people’: Simone Biles put her mental health first...

Jennifer McShane

Will filter free images be a legacy of the pandemic?
Will filter free images be a legacy of the pandemic?

Rose Mary Roche

Image / Editorial

There’s More Than Just the Pill


by Jeanne Sutton
17th Jul 2014
blank

There's More Than Just the Pill

Irish women aren’t under-informed about long-term contraceptive options according to the latest studies…

Nearly 80% of Irish women aged 18-45 are unaware of long-term contraceptive options, according to a survey carried out by Behaviour & Attitudes on behalf of Bayer Healthcare. 27% of Irish women rely on condoms with another 27% using short-acting solutions such as the pill. Recent studies have shown that when women were presented with more information about long term contraceptive options, at least third thirds opt for long-acting contraception over short-term contraception.

Dr Shirley McQuade, Medical Director of the Dublin Well Woman Centre, spoke about the reason women aren’t taking up longer term options with more alacrity, despite the lifestyle benefits of doing so, ?There is clearly a need to dispel the myths around long acting reversible contraception. The survey showed that many women are uneasy or are fearful of having an internal long term contraceptive and more clarity is needed around what it entails. The new devices available now are very small and non-invasive and they have been shown to be more effective then short term contraception as women do not need to worry about forgetting a dose.? With research showing that 60% of women on oral contraception don’t take the pill properly – an average of 2.6 pills per cycle are missed – it makes sense that more knowledge about alternatives need to made more easily available.

?There are long-acting options that a significant number of Irish women of every age could consider – like intrauterine contraception, hormonal implants, and injections, all of which are reversible,? Dr McQuade said. At the moment 8% of Irish women have had an injection, 7% have been fitted with hormonal coil and only 6% have opted for the hormonal implant. The high upfront cost is one of the reasons mooted for Irish women’s aversion to these longer options, however in the long room these options, which can last from three months to five years, are cheaper in the long room.

So is it time to think beyond the pill? How informed do you feel about your options?

Jeanne Sutton @jeannedesutun

RELATED
The Contraceptive Chip – a birth control option that lasts up to 16 years

Also Read

blank
EDITORIAL
Chrissy Teigen’s past trolling tweets highlight the slut-shaming culture we tolerated

Chrissy Teigen is the queen of oversharing. Usually it’s in good humour, self-deprecating and irreverent. She doesn’t take herself too...

By Amanda Cassidy

blank
EDITORIAL
Book gift ideas for every kind of reader

Anyone who said books and socks make for boring gifts has clearly never received a delightfully absorbing book or a...

By Amanda Kavanagh

blank
EDITORIAL
The life-changing act of binning all your terrible underwear

A life of wearing the wrong underwear had Sophie White’s knickers in a twist. She reports on the unexpected satisfaction...

By Sophie White

blank
EDITORIAL
‘Suddenly alive again’: The heartbreaking joy of finding a deceased loved one on Google Maps street view

“I look at my mum’s old house on Google maps street view, the house where I grew up. It says...

By Amanda Cassidy

blank
EDITORIAL
‘We went to the zoo today – and life felt deliciously normal’

What’s seldom is truly wonderful, writes Amanda Cassidy Dublin Zoo has been the backdrop to our children’s lives – birthday...

By Amanda Cassidy

Full House, onscreen father Danny Tanner
EDITORIAL
We’re remembering our favourite onscreen dads for Father’s Day

With Father’s Day just around the corner (this Sunday 20h June, so yes, you do have time to buy yours...

By Grace McGettigan

blank
AGENDA, EDITORIAL
Andrew McGinley: ‘I know that they wouldn’t want me to be sad.’

Following the utterly devastating trial of his wife Deirdre last week, Andrew McGinley spoke afterward of the love of his...

By Jennifer McShane