While there are many birth control methods to consider, choosing one that best fits your lifestyle is key. Birth control is a personal choice and it helps to visit and ask questions with your doctor before making any decisions on which method is right for you. Here are a few options to look into for birth control.
The NuvaRing is a comfortable, flexible ring about 2″ in diameter which is inserted into the vagina once a month. Once inserted it releases the hormones estrogen and progestin which prevent the ovaries from releasing eggs. The NuvaRing must be taken out once a month during your period and then replaced with a new one. This method is 99% effective however, the NuvaRing does not prevent against sexually transmitted diseases.
Nordette Birth Control Pills
As a highly effective birth control method, 99%, this pill must be taken everyday orally in order to be successful. This method also releases the hormones estrogen and progestin to prevent the release of eggs. However, this pill has a much lower dose of estrogen but is just as effective. Again, this birth control method does not prevent against STD’s.
Male and Female Condoms
Considered a barrier birth control, the condoms for both male and female offer both protection against pregnancy and STDs when used successfully. However, the male condom is only 97% effective and the female condom is only 94% effective. The male condom works by using a sheath to cover the penis to prevent sperm from entering the vagina. The female condom has a ring on one end which remains outside the vagina and the ring on the other end is closed with plastic to cover the cervix to prevent sperm from entering the uterus. Doctors recommend using spermicides along with condoms to be more effective against pregnancy and STD’s
Plan B(Morning After Pill)
This method is considered an emergency birth control method only and is not to be mistaken as a pill to terminate an existing pregnancy. Plan B contains a hormone also found in many birth control pills called levonorgestrel but at a larger dosage. Two pills must be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, sexual assault or contraceptive failure. The first pill is taken immediately and then the second 12 hours later. This method has only an 89% effective rate and does not protect against STDs.
These are only a few options to consider when thinking about birth control. However, remember that the use of condoms is the only form of birth control that can prevent against STDs.