The Nurse’s Role in Choosing the Right Birth Control Measures
As nurses, we work closely and spend the most time with patients than any other health care providers. With that, we also play a vital role in educating, assisting and counseling women about birth control measures and which of them might work best for each individual according to their preferences and health concerns.
It is the role of the nurse to allow patients to make their own informed choices among well-explained options. It is important that the nurse present the reality to the patients. Health education is necessary for nurses to practice in order to correct misconceptions patients have come to believe for quite a long time. These misconceptions if not corrected well might result to unwanted pregnancies and other complications. Like for example, some people believe that doing “the deed” while standing up can prevent pregnancies. By letting patients believe those false beliefs, they might end up having unwanted consequences rather than getting what they want.
Presenting all Contraception Options
There are different types of birth control and are grouped according on how they work such as Continuous Abstinence, Natural Family Planning, Barrier Methods, Hormonal Methods, Implantable Devices, Permanent Birth Control Methods and Emergency Contraception. All of these may seem promising, but all of them also have their advantages and disadvantages. It is a health care provider’s role to educate the patients on their options as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each one for them to weigh their options. Patients must also be educated the importance of consistent and effective use.
Nothing is perfect, even birth control measures
Also, they must be reminded that there is no perfect birth control measure. Even the most reliable birth control measures may end up unsuccessful. You can’t always be sure that a method can work 100% well on a person. Like everything else, birth control measures come with pros and cons. But by using a specific method correctly and religiously without fail, the odds of getting pregnant are lowest.
Understanding Contraception options
A number of factors are to be considered when choosing which birth control method suits a specific person. Patients must be treated as individuals with different needs, concerns and preferences.
When deciding on which birth control measure is appropriate for a person, you must consider:
The overall health of the patient
How often she has sexual intercourse
The number of sex partners she has
If she wants to have children someday
How well each method works to prevent pregnancy
Possible side effects
Your comfort level with using the method
Choosing the right method depends on many things. It may sound cliché, but every person is unique and this is what nurses must always bear in mind when educating and counseling patients seeking help in choosing the right birth control measure. What may work well on one might not be as effective to another person.