Family Planning

Every woman is different - what suits one woman may not suit another. With so many contraception options on the market, each with its own benefits and downsides, it can help to speak to a professional about what method of contraception is right for your body and lifestyle.

Factors to consider when choosing a birth control method

There are many factors to consider when choosing a birth control method. That’s why a family planning consultation with Dr Tshimanga can help you decide what the best method of contraception is right for you and your needs.


  • How soon you want to conceive: Certain birth control methods can last for a number of years, such as the coil.
  • Whether you are breastfeeding, as some methods can impact your breastmilk
  • Ease of use and suitability for your lifestyle: The oral contraceptive, for example, needs to be taken daily, preferably at around the same time every day. With condoms or spermicide, you need to have them on hand to use them every time for it to be effective. If you lead a busy lifestyle or can be forgetful, a longer-lasting contraception may be a better option.
  • Your age: Some hormone-based contraceptives can increase health risks over the age of 45.
  • Side effects: Contraception methods may have negative side effects. Contraception can affect everyone differently.
  • Your relationship status: The only type of contraception that protects you from STD’s are condoms. Couples who have both been tested often opt for other forms of contraception.
  • Your medical history: Dr Tshimanga will advise what the best method is if you have a condition such as deep vein thrombosis, hypertension, menstrual irregularities or STDs.

The different contraceptions available

Oral contraceptives

Also known as the pill, oral contraceptives needs to be taken orally, daily and preferably at the same time for maximum protection.

Contraceptive injection

This lasts for 2-3 months; however, you will have to attend your appointment on time for your repeat injection for maximum efficiency.

Contraceptive implant

This is a tiny plastic rod that is placed under the skin on the upper arm that releases the hormone progestogen into your bloodstream and can last for up to 3 years.

Intra-uterine device

Also known as the coil, the IUD is inserted into your uterus to prevent pregnancy. It can last 5-10 years, which makes it a popular choice of contraception.

Emergency contraception

The morning-after pill is to be taken within 5 days after unprotected sex. It should only be taken in emergency situations and not used as a main method of contraception.