What Most Women Prefer To Use For Birth Control

Birth control techniques vary far and wide mainly depending on the compatibility. There is nearly a contraceptive for each lifestyle and body. These methods range from hormonal to non-hormonal to single and long-lasting use. If you are a newbie and want to learn what’s going out there, you must dig deep to see what other women are opting for.

Choosing the right birth control method is overwhelming, especially when you want it to be 100% effective and pose no health problems. However, you are in the right place as this article discusses birth control approaches preferred by most women.

When choosing a birth control plan, the first thing you need to be decisive about is whether you want to preserve future fertility or not. Methods such as surgical sterilization offer permanent solution. The contraception methods discussed below can easily be manipulated up to a specific time where you feel you’ll be ready to have a child.

Plus A Condom

The only way to avoid unplanned pregnancy is of course not having a penis in the vagina. However, if you are going to have a vaginal-sex, the best approach is to use an effective contraception method, for instance, the IUD plus quality condom. Condoms will always be sex superheroes as they not only prevent pregnancy but Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV and herpes during penetrative sex.

Condoms are available in polyurethane or latex and are available for both males and females (insertive condoms). Male condoms are known to prevent unplanned pregnancy by up to 98%, while female condoms prevent pregnancy by 95%.

Intrauterine Device (IUD)

This method is liked by most women because it can be reversed. Additionally, it’s available in hormonal (plastic) and non-hormonal (copper) options. This method uses a small T-shaped device that is inserted into the uterus by a healthcare provider. Its effectiveness is so outstanding as out of 100 women, only one will get pregnant. Depending on your choice, the method can last within three to ten years without needing any replacement. However, it is advisable not to wait for too long to remove the IUD or any other implant as this may result in you experiencing a Mirena crash. The symptoms associated with this include chronic feelings of sadness, intense mood swings, irritability, flu-like symptoms, anxiety, just to name a few. However, this should not keep you from using these birth control methods because with proper handling, these symptoms are easily managed.

The Shot

An injection is administered by a health care professional in the hip or arm. The formula contains progestin and can last for three months, preventing pregnancy by up to 99% of the time. The shot works by preventing the ovaries from releasing eggs and thickening the cervical mucus making it difficult for sperm to enter the uterus.

Implant

This falls under hormonal birth control methods. The health provider places a small rod under the skin in the upper arm. Only one out of a hundred women will get pregnant when an implant is placed meaning this method has a success rate of 99%. Just like the shot approach, the implant thickens the cervical mucus and prevents the ovaries from releasing eggs. The implant will last for three years before you need another one.

Vaginal Ring

This method involves inserting a flexible ring into the vagina each month for 3-weeks at a time. When the rings are used as directed, less than one woman out of a hundred will get pregnant in a year. The rings usually thicken the cervical mucus making it difficult for sperm to swim into the womb. Additionally, the hormones stop the ovaries from giving out eggs.

The Pill

Most women prefer this method as it is easier to use. For maximum effectiveness, the pill is supposed to be taken every day at the same time. The hormones in the pill usually reduce bleeding and cramping during periods preventing chances of getting pregnant by up to 99%.

The Patch

This method involves using a sticker that is applied weekly anywhere on the skin apart from the breasts alone. Only one out of a hundred women will get pregnant when the patch is used as directed. Just like the pills and Vaginal ring methods, the patch releases hormones that thicken the cervical mucus and halt the production of eggs by the ovaries.

Birth control methods are good and effective when used appropriately. Natural birth control methods are good too as they usually pose no health issues, but their success rate is usually less than 80%. Before you decide which method you are going to use, make a point of finding the pros and cons of each. From there, you can get advice from your doctor and have a test to find which method suits you best. Always remember to include a condom to be protected from STIs and make the success rate of the chosen method a hundred percent.

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