Birth Control Options
There are many different types of birth control options to guard against an unwanted pregnancy. Each of these birth control methods have their pros and cons, so before making any decision that can affect your health and fertility, you should take a look at all of the options and discuss them with your doctor. These birth control options include barrier methods (condoms), hormonal pills, cervical implants, and more permanent methods. With almost all these birth control options, there is still a small chance of pregnancy, so chose the option that is best for you.
The barrier method, like female condoms, male condoms, diaphragm, cervical, cervical shield, and spermicidal foam, film, and sponges are very popular birth control options. The male condom is one of the most effective, non-drug methods of birth control on the market today. Some condoms come with extra insurance against contraception, such as spermicide, if used alone, however, spermicide is not an effective method. Condoms are removed and discarded after use, whereas a contraceptive sponge has to be worn least 6 hours after intercourse as do a diaphragm or cervical cap, thought they can both be reused. Condoms are also good protection against STDs.
Hormonal birth control options are available to the public in pill form. To be effective, these have to be taken daily at the same time. The pill works by tricking the body into thinking that it is already pregnant, preventing the body from releasing another egg into the uterus. With the birth control pill, you can just stop taking it at the end of every pack if you decide you want to conceive, but don’t stop in the middle of a cycle. If you do forget to take the pill on time, it can be ineffective against contraception.
Implantable devices are a long-term birth control option. This option usually lasts for 5 or more years and must be surgically implanted and removed. As this is a surgical procedure, it should not be considered lightly. The implant method is a reliable form of birth control, but as with any type of surgery, it does come with a few risks such as your skin growing over the device. Consult with your doctor for more information.
If you want something longer lasting, then there are permanent methods of birth control. Most of these methods are not reversible so should only be used if you are certain you are not interested in conceiving children in the future. This form of birth control can be done on either the male or the female, but both involve invasive surgery and are a form of sterilization, preventing you from conceiving at any point in the future. Before this can be done, you will have to get a recommendation from a doctor or medical professional, as most surgeons are reluctant to preform this surgery except as an emergency. Unless it is approved, you will not be able to take part in this form of birth control.