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Contraception with pill and condom preferred in Germany

Most Germans play it safe with contraception. Around 53 percent of sexually active adults use the birth control pill, around 37 percent use condoms, explained the director of the Federal Center for Health Education, Elisabeth Pott, at the start of the first German Contraception Congress in Wiesbaden.

Overall, 76 percent of Germans between the ages of 18 and 49 prevent contraception, the director of the BZgA reported, referring to the results of a current study. Only 16 percent of those questioned said they had not taken any contraceptive measures. The contraceptive pill and condoms are still the most popular contraceptives, whereby "the frequent double use of the two contraceptive methods" is striking, emphasized Elisabeth Pott.

Birth control pill and condom preferred contraceptives As part of a representative study on the use of contraceptives, the BZgA surveyed 997 men and women between the ages of 18 and 49 in January this year. The director of the BZgA presented the results on Saturday at the first German Contraception Congress. According to this, 53 percent of those questioned stated that they preferred to use the contraceptive pill as a contraceptive, whereby 37 percent only used the pill and 15 percent also used condoms. According to the BZgA survey, the Germans use the condom for contraception the second most frequently. For example, 20 percent of respondents only use condoms, 17 percent said they used them in conjunction with other contraceptives. Ten percent of the study participants said they used the spiral for contraception. According to the BZgA, another ten percent of those surveyed had themselves sterilized, although, according to Elisabeth Pott, "this is usually (the case) when there is no further desire to have children". Other methods of contraception, such as the hormone stick, vaginal ring or three-month injection, were preferred by only one to two percent of those questioned.

Older people can be sterilized more often According to the BZgA, however, the preferred methods of contraception vary with the age of the study participants. With 23 percent, almost a quarter of those questioned between the ages of 40 and 49 were sterilized and only 30 percent still used the pill or 26 percent condoms. In contrast, among the younger study participants aged between 18 and 29, 72 percent gave the pill and 51 percent used condoms. Last year, the Federal Center for Health Education conducted a study on 5,674 adolescents on the contraceptive behavior of young people and found that around 75 percent of all 14- to 17-year-old girls with and without a migration background had a condom and more than one during their first intercourse Third use the birth control pill. According to the BZgA, the BZgA said last year that three quarters of the respondents in total also used a condom during the first sexual intercourse, but the proportion among the boys with a migration background was only 59 percent. According to the BZgA study, unprotected traffic during the "first time" had a total of eight percent of girls (twelve percent of girls with a migration background) and eight percent of boys (18 percent of boys with a migration background).

Naturopathic alternative From a naturopathic point of view, as an alternative to the contraceptives examined by the BZgA, Mexican Wild Yam (in German: "Mexican wild yam") must be considered. Its active ingredient already played a decisive role in the invention of the contraceptive pill and in the medicine of the Mexican indigenous people, the yam has been used for generations to prevent but also to treat other diseases. In contrast to the synthetically produced birth control pills, Mexican Wild Yam does not cause any known side effects and also helps in lower doses for health complaints such as cramps with colic, inflammation and rheumatic pain. When used as a contraceptive, the consumption of approx. 3,000 milligrams of powdered yam is recommended in natural medicine in order to build up effective contraceptive protection. The condom is still the best alternative to protect yourself against infectious diseases. (fp)

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