In recent years, contraception has seen remarkable growth. New formulations have emerged beyond the traditional ones that, far from wanting to replace them, seek to coexist to meet those needs that, until now, have not been taken into account in terms of female sexual and hormonal health. However, the contraceptive reality is very marked by the use of condoms (47%) and the pill (36%) -the first and second most used method in Spain, respectively-, a fact that guarantees its popularity, although not its knowledge.
Although 90% of women know about the pill, only 48% of them know that there are two types: the combined ones – which contain estrogens and progestogens, both hormones that regulate the menstrual cycle – and those that do not carry estrogens – an option less common-. Consequently, there are many adolescents, young people and adults who do not contemplate the advantages that the use of the second alternative entails in terms of safety. Unlike the other oral options, the estrogen-free pill is not associated with an increased thromboembolic risk associated with contraceptives, which do include this hormone in their composition. Therefore, this alternative responds to the needs of those women who suffer from cardiovascular risk.
In this sense, this type of pill also represents a reliable option for smokers and overweight people: «The estrogen-free pill can be useful in situations where estrogens are contraindicated, as well as in the case of women who smoke or who are overweight. In both situations, the risk of suffering a myocardial infarction or a thromboembolic accident is higher, so using an estrogen-free method is more appropriate “, the gynecologist and medical director of Exeltis, Victoria De Diego.
Part of this ignorance about contraception stems from beliefs associated with false taboos that have an impact on the contraceptive landscape and distance women from the most effective, comfortable and suitable method in relation to their needs and lifestyles. 2 There is a high awareness of the use of contraceptive methods, but also a lack of knowledge of the types and effects of them. Although we have a lot of information, it is poorly managed and that leads to many false myths surrounding hormonal contraceptives, a fact that has a negative impact on women’s sexuality ”, explains De Diego.
In this context, the commitment to truthful and quality disclosure in terms of contraception that Exeltis -Laboratory with national and international presence specialized in women’s health- maintains with women, becomes relevant. In its desire to contribute to the expansion of knowledge of all contraceptive methods among women, the entity promotes the Brave Rethinking movement, an initiative that has the endorsement of the Spanish Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics (SEGO) and which aims to be an informative tool of representation that disseminates the basic concepts around the field of contraception: «We are happy to have opted for an approach capable of removing consciences, empowering women to go to their doctor seeking contraceptive advice and helping her to be aware of other options beyond those that have always been considered “, declares the General Manager of Exeltis in Spain and Portugal, Alberto Fábregas.