There are many birth control options available today, and the choices can seem confusing. This post can help you decide which method would best fit your lifestyle. First, read about the two major categories of contraceptives.
Hormonal contraceptives work by preventing release of an egg from you ovaries into the uterus, and may also make the uterus an “unfriendly” environment for sperm. While most women know about the birth control pill, there are other hormonal birth control methods that are now available.
- The Patch
- Oral Contraceptive (The Pill)
- Contraceptive Injections
- Progestin-Releasing Intrauterine Device (IUD)
- Vaginal Ring
Non-hormonal contraceptives prevent pregnancy by providing a barrier against sperm, or by interfering with sperm movement, or by creating an “unfriendly” environment for sperm. These methods do not use hormones, so they do not interfere with your natural reproductive cycle.
- Male Condom
- Female Condom
- Intrauterine Device (IUD)
- Cervical Cap
- Surgical Sterilization