Contraception Q&A: Part 2

You’ve probably read part one, and as promised, here’s part two of me answering some more common contraceptive questions I’ve received in my DMs and on AskChoma.

Question: What are the side effects of contraceptives?

Depending on which contraceptive method you’re on, you might experience similar or different side effects. The most common side effects associated with contraceptives are:

Weight gain


Sore breasts

Irregular periods

Mood changes

Decreased sexual desire



All these side effects depend on how your body reacts to the contraceptive and it’s not the same for everyone. If you do have side effects, they should go away on their own after a few months (usually three months). It’s advisable to visit your healthcare provider if you have any concerns.

Question: Do I have to tell my parents about taking a contraceptive?

If you decide to tell your parents or guardian that you’re taking or considering being on a contraceptive, you’ll want to put some thought into how to tell them. They may assume you’re sexually active, which may result in them asking you questions that might make you feel uncomfortable. Their reaction might also make you re-consider, but remember to think about what is best for you, depending on your sexual status.

Although it may seem scary, an advantage of speaking to your parent/caregiver about such topics is that is creates open communication between you and them. This’ll enable you to feel more comfortable to discuss any matters openly in future, and create a more supportive environment at home.

If you’re 16 or older, you can usually be given the contraceptive (without parental consent) at your local clinic, depending on its safety for you. If you’re under the age of 16, the process will be slightly different. It’s best to get some guidance from an adult you trust or a healthcare provider before starting a contraceptive.

Question: What’s the morning after pill?

If you have sex without using any contraceptive, or the contraceptive method failed (eg. the condom broke during sex), you can use the morning after pill to prevent pregnancy. It should ONLY be used in an emergency and not for regular prevention. It’s most effective when taken as soon as possible after having unprotected sex.

Question: Where can I get the morning after pill?

You can get the morning after pill at any local pharmacy without a prescription. You can also get them at your local clinic for free.

Question: Is the morning after pill a termination (abortion) pill?

The morning after pill won’t work if you’re already pregnant, so it cannot terminate a pregnancy in any way. It’s also not a good idea to use this pill if you’re already pregnant.

Question: Can Coke and Disprin be used to terminate a pregnancy?

Coke and Disprin does NOT work in terminating a pregnancy, but instead pose a health risk the same goes for other dangerous DIY contraceptive methods. Don’t compromise your health, rather go to your nearest clinic or pharmacy if you need emergency contraceptives.

If you have more questions about contraceptives, or need help accessing contraceptives, feel free to send me a DM. It’s advisable to always check in with your healthcare provider if you have any concerns.

If you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Messagea Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).