Looking for “the pill”, “plan B” or the “morning after” pill, an IUD or more in Vietnam? There are many methods of contraception, and some may be more suited to your situation and better available in a given country or city. Often when moving to new places, information may be “hard to find”, especially about topics that may not be common to discuss. If you want to use contraception but don’t know how to obtain knowledge about the options available in Vietnam, the following article is a good place to start.
Tóm tắt nội dung
- 1 What is contraception?
- 2 What contraception methods are available to me in Vietnam?
- 3 Effectiveness of each contraception methods
- 4 Most common contraception method in Vietnam
- 5 Things to consider when choosing the right contraception for you
What is contraception?
Contraception, commonly referred to as “birth control”, is an important part of reproductive health. Having contraceptive services and information available is fundamental to your health and the human rights of all individuals. The reasons why many women choose to use contraception are wide ranging.
One reason is that contraception enables people to have control over their own fertility and sexual health. It allows people the freedom to actively choose if and when they want to have children and the spacing between pregnancies.
Contraception is often used as a tool to prevent unintended pregnancies, which can result in serious health and social consequences for both the child and mother. For example, prevention of unintended pregnancies can lower the number of pregnancy-related deaths and lower the risk of complications during pregnancy and childbirth for both the mother and child.
Some contraceptive methods such as condoms provide a physical barrier between skin and bodily fluids which helps prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV.
Overall, contraception is an important aspect of sexual and reproductive health, and it can help people to make informed choices about their bodies and their lives.
What contraception methods are available to me in Vietnam?
There are at least 8 categories of methods for contraception. These are:
- barrier methods
- hormonal methods
- intrauterine methods
- sterilization methods
- natural methods
- emergency methods
Some methods in Vietnam can be easy to access over the counter and others may require medical advice or surgical implementation. Here are some examples of each method available in vietnam.
|Barrier Methods||Male and female condoms||Every instance of sexual intercourse|
|The diaphragm||24 Hours max|
|Cervical cap||48 Hours max|
|Contraceptive sponge||30 Hours max|
|Hormonal methods||Birth control pills||Daily|
|The vaginal ring (NuvaRing)||Every month|
|implant (Implanon)||<3-5 years|
|Contraceptive injection (Depo-Provera)||Every 3 months|
|Birth control patch||Weekly|
|Intrauterine devices (IUDs)||Copper IUD (ParaGard)||<5-10 Years|
|Hormonal IUD – Skyla||<3 Years|
|Hormonal IUD – Kyleena||<5 Years|
|Hormonal IUD – Mirena||<7 Years|
|Sterilization||Tubal ligation for women||Permanent|
|Vasectomy for men||Permanent|
|Natural family planning||Rhythm||Every instance of sexual intercourse|
|Controlling basal body temperature||Monitor daily|
|Cervical mucus methods||Monitor daily|
|Emergency contraception||Morning-after pill (Postinor, Aftera, ella, others) — which can be used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex||On time|
Effectiveness of each contraception methods
It is important to note that the efficacy measurements noted below are dependent on 100% adherence to the prescribed regimen.
Birth control methods that are more than 99% effective:
- Contraceptive implant
- Hormonal IUD (IUS)
- Copper IUD
- Female sterilization
- Male sterilization or vasectomy
Birth control methods that are more than 99% effective if always used correctly, but are less than 95% effective with typical use include:
- Birth control injection
- Combination pill
- Progestogen-only pills
- Contraceptive patch
Birth control methods are 99% effective if conducted accurately:
- Natural family planning method
Birth control methods are 98% effective if used correctly:
- Male condom
Birth control methods are 95% effective if used correctly:
- Female condom
Birth control methods are 92 to 96% effective if used correctly:
- Diaphragm or cap with spermicide
Most common contraception method in Vietnam
Despite the wide range of methods available in Vietnam, it was found that between 2020 and 2021, IUDs were the most common contraception for sexually active vietnamese women (aged 15-49), regardless of marital status.
There are two main types of intrauterine devices (IUDs): hormonal IUDs and copper IUDs.
- Hormonal IUDs:
- Release small amounts of the hormone progestin to prevent pregnancy
- Provide contraception for 3-5 years, depending on the brand
- Can also be used to treat heavy periods and improve symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Copper IUDs:
- Contain copper wire wrapped around the stem of the T-shaped device
- Provide contraception for up to 10 years
- Do not contain hormones
Things to consider when choosing the right contraception for you
When thinking about choosing a contraceptive method that fits your needs it can be easy to just look for something “convenient”. For some people, convenience suggests ease of use, no bothersome side effects or no disruption of the sexual experience. For others, convenience means no prescription is required. When choosing a method of contraception, consider how willing you are to plan ahead or, if necessary, adhere to a rigid schedule. It’s important to choose a type of birth control that suits your lifestyle.
Some methods of contraception are inexpensive, while others are more costly. Ask your insurance provider about coverage, and then consider the expense as you compare your options.
These 5 factors will help you decide what is best for you:
- Efficacy of the method
- Is it hormonal/non-hormonal?
- Does it protect against transmission of STDs?
- Mechanism of use (invasive/non-invasive)
- Low/high maintenance – duration of use (single use, short acting, long-acting, permanent solution)
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An emergency contraception option and birth control package is also among the products that can be ordered. The pathway to ordering includes an optional quiz or consultation with a licensed Doctor if you are unsure about what method is right for you. If you have a preferred contraception method or have a prescription, Docosan will work with you to tailor our product to your needs.
These products are competitively priced and with same day delivery in Ho Chi Minh city, and up to 4 days nationwide.
Our emergency contraception pill is reasonably priced, private and secure. We offer packaging that does not include the product name or information to ensure discreteness.
- Authentic medications recommended by a licensed doctor
- Safe & effective at any age when used as directed
- Fast shipping within Ho Chi Minh City
- Unlimited follow-ups with a licensed doctor
Whatever the reason may be for encouraging you to acquire a birth control package, Docosan offers you a science-based medication tailored to your body, with nonjudgmental guidance from a licensed provider every step of the way.
This product also ensures your privacy & security by delivering your order in a tightly packed, discreet packaging with no product name or information.
- Online consultation with a licensed doctor
- Medicines are sent by a partner pharmacy
- After-care support
If you are still unsure about what contraception method is the right fit for you, take our quick quiz or talk to one of our partnered Doctors to find out more.
Here is a convenient list of Gynecology clinics that you may want to consider booking a consultation with to discuss any concerns you might have about contraception methods.
- Lotus Ob-Gyn Clinic – District 7
- Phong Kham Da Khoa Hanh Phuc Clinic Clinic – District 10
- Singapore Indochina Health care group – District 10
- Phong Kham San Phu Khoa Thien Phu – District 2
- Phong Kham Chuyen San Phu Khoa- Hiem Muon 5D – District 5
- Maria Stopes Vietnam – Tan Binh
The article is consulted from doctors and reliable domestic and foreign sources. However, Docosan Team encourages patients to find and schedule an appointment with a qualified doctor for treatment. For direct advice, please contact hotline 1900 638 082 or CHAT for instructions on booking an appointment.