When you’re not quite ready to become a mother birth control is a useful aid to prevent pregnancies. Many women choose to use some sort of contraceptive method during their life, but with so many different methods of birth control, how do you know which method is the one for you?
When deciding which would be best, it’s important to think about certain factors:
- What’s the success rate?
- When should I take it?
- How does it work?
- Who should or should not use this?
Knowing and understanding how the contraception works should always be a priority. Certain health problems may rule you out from some birth control options, but doing research can definitely help you get more familiar with different birth control brands. Also, be sure to always consult with your doctor to make 100% sure the birth control is a safe option for you, your body and your partner, especially if either of you have certain allergies.
Many women choose to take the pill, and when taken correctly, the pill has a 99% success rate. It’s important to remember that this method is most successful when taken at the same time every single day. If you skip pills or forgetful to take them on time, an alternate form of birth control should be used. It’s important to note that there are different kinds of pill options, more information on these can be found here.
The birth control is placed inside of the vagina and can remain there for 3 weeks before being taken out. During the fourth week should be your period, then you simply replace with a new vaginal ring the next week. It’s a little more convenient than the pill because you can put it in and leave it without having to think about it every day.
With a 99% success rate, intrauterine devices are both inserted to and removed from the uterus by a doctor. This method is meant as a long term form of contraception and is best for women not ready to have children for at least 5-10 years, depending on whether you choose the copper IUD or the hormonal IUD. The process of insertion is also easier for women who have already had a previous vaginal childbirth.
The condom not only helps to protect against pregnancy, but also helps to protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Condoms should be worn every time you have sex and should never be reused. When used correctly, the condom is 98% effective.
Emergency contraception is meant for just that—emergencies. Often known as Plan B, it can be taken up to 72 hours (or even up to 5 days, in some cases) after unprotected sex. While it can help prevent against pregnancy, Plan B should not be used as a regular method of birth control.
For a list of even more birth control options and FAQs about the methods, visit Planned Parenthood’s website!