When you think about contraceptives, the first thing that probably comes to mind are their immediate effect, which is not getting you pregnant. The reality is that pills, condoms, IUDs, and the like go further by providing you with benefits that you probably never knew.

Over and above contraception, condoms protect you from STDs, which can save you both the physical and financial discomforts that these diseases may cause. Birth control pills help manage PCOS, and some lessen period pains as well as acne outbreaks. Hormonal IUDs are known to lessen the risk of developing fibroids (benign uterine tumors). In short, these methods don’t only allow you to plan your pregnancies, but also your life.

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In this informative video, Melinda Gates explains just how far contraceptives can work for you and the ones you love. Know your options, and always consult your doctor to find out which one works best for you.

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Sources: GatesNotes.com: The Power of Family PlanningHuffington Post

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