Birth Control: Know Your Options
Selecting the right birth control option might be a daunting thought. However, there are many different contraceptive options available and it is important to find the right one to fit with your lifestyle and reproductive goals. See below for different birth control options.
A combination birth control pill contains both estrogen and progestin. The pill works by preventing your ovaries from releasing eggs. Birth control pills are a great option for women who may be planning on getting pregnant in the near future, as a benefit of the pill is that fertility will return to normal almost immediately after stopping the pill.
A vaginal ring is a small plastic ring that is inserted into the vagina by the woman. It is left in for 3 weeks, then removed for 1 week before placing a new one. It releases the same hormones as a birth control pill and is a better option for people who have trouble remembering to take a pill every day.
An IUD is an intrauterine device, a small T-shaped device placed inside the uterus by your doctor. Inserting an IUD is a simple procedure which takes about 5-10 minutes in your doctor’s office. There are different progesterone IUD’s which can stay in for 3-5 years. An IUD is a good choice for someone who wants longer term birth control. An added benefit is potentially much lighter periods.
A non-hormonal IUD is inserted by your doctor as well, but has no hormones. This type of IUD works by damaging sperm motility and the copper in the IUD acts as a spermicide. This IUD can stay in for up to 10 years and is ideal for women who do not want hormones.
A diaphragm is a dome-shaped cup which the woman places into the vagina before sex. It acts as a physical barrier to sperm. It should be used with spermicide and may be removed after sex.
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