Never before have women had so many choices when it comes to birth control. In fact, there are so many options that the process of choosing a method can feel a bit overwhelming.
Birth control can be divided into two categories: barrier methods and hormonal methods.
These options prevent unwanted pregnancy by creating a physical barrier between sperm and eggs. The efficacy of barrier birth control can be increased by incorporating spermicide with any of these options.
Some examples of barrier birth control methods include:
These options prevent unwanted pregnancy by altering your hormonal balance to reduce the chances of fertilization and implantation.
Some examples of hormonal birth control methods include:
It’s important to note the only option that also works to prevent sexually transmitted disease is condoms.
Many women want a birth control method that does not rely on remembering to take daily pills or book frequent visits for injections. There are methods that provide outstanding protection that lasts for years.
An IUD is a great example. These small, T-shaped devices are worn inside your uterus and placed during an office visit. There is a hormonal version that slowly releases hormones over time, and a copper-based version that triggers an immune response that reduces the risk of pregnancy. IUDs last 3-12 years, depending on the type.
Birth control injections take just a few moments to receive. You only need one injection to get three months of coverage.
The birth control implant is another excellent long-term option. The implant is around the size of a matchstick and is inserted just beneath the surface of your skin during an in-office visit. Once in place, your implant will prevent pregnancy for up to five years.
If your goal is to prevent unwanted pregnancy, any options mentioned above can get the job done. But methods like withdrawal are far less effective, and leave you at risk for pregnancy.
Fertility awareness, sometimes called the rhythm method, requires you to carefully track your menstrual cycle and refrain from unprotected sex during the days when you are most fertile. This option is not an effective way to prevent pregnancy and should only be used if you and your partner are ready and willing to face an unplanned pregnancy.
If you have additional questions about birth control options or want to try a new method, call the office to book a visit. Fast and easy online scheduling is also available.