Modern contraception is safe and effective. The most commonly used methods are:
The Pill – must be taken every day and can be affected by certain antibiotics as well as by diarrhoea, but used correctly offers 99%+ reliability. Claimed to cause weight gain but in truth this is minor and limited. Very few side effects for most women.
Injections – administered every 2 or 3 months, these are a good option for women who struggle to take the Pill reliably. Also offer 99%+ reliability. Often causes irregular periods initially and no periods later. Very few side effects for most women.
Condoms – used perfectly, offer 98% reliability but in real-world use, offer 80-90% reliability at best.
Unplanned pregnancy is really not necessary given the availability of these effective options.
Colin was a medical practitioner (GP) from 1988 to 2000. Since then he has worked in the wellness field, designing, developing and delivering various products and services. Out of clinical practice for many years now he no longer practices medicine formally but retains a keen interest in helping people become more-well versions of themselves. He acts as a wellness coach and not as a medical practitioner today.
Colin's approach and philosophy is based on empowerment: the notion that people only need a little help to make choices they usually already want to anyway - it's about respect and support rather than instruction or correction.
Colin lives at the Vaal Dam with his wife Cathy. He spends time walking mountains, cycling, motorbike riding, kayaking, sailing and always looking for better & better balance.