The latest birth control invention is a contraceptive gel women can spread on their skin, and it can be used while breastfeeding. HollyMoms, do you think this could become more popular than the pill?
Are you tired of having to remember to pop a pill at the same time every day to avoid an unplanned pregnancy? Well, science seems to have found a new way to keep your body baby-free, and it seems to be be just as easy as brushing your teeth or washing your face. And best of all, moms who’ve just had a baby and are breastfeeding can use it too!
A new contraceptive gel, which works by interfering with your body’s natural hormone production, was recently tested on 18 women in New York in their 20s and 30s, who rubbed the fast-absorbing 3 mg dose onto their stomach, thighs arms or shoulders for seven months. The results may surprise you. “From this small study we found it was effective,” says Dr. Ruth Merkatz, director of clinical development of reproductive health at New York City’s Population Council research center.
None of the woman involved in the study got pregnant and the gel is getting some rave reviews thanks to the fact that it doesn’t seem to have the same nasty side effects as the Pill. You know exactly what I’m talking about — the mood swings, the adult acne and the dreaded weight gain. Another perk that will appeal to you new HollyMoms with little ones at home, is that it doesn’t interfere with your milk supply, unlike the Pill, so it’s safe to use while breastfeeding your babies.
According to Natika Halil, director of information at the Family Planning Association, there are nearly two million women using a birth control method that they’re unhappy with! Isn’t that shocking? Are you suffering in silence, HollyMoms? Halil feels that the gel could become a girl’s best friend. “Any contraceptive system that increases the choice of methods and helps to prevent unwanted pregnancies is welcome,” says Halil.
We’re curious, HollyMoms, would you be willing to ditch your pack of pills for a tube of this new gel?