There are many different types of contraception, and all types are geared for your personal situation and what is convenient for you.
The most appropriate method of birth control depends on an individual's overall health, age, frequency of sexual activity, number of sexual partners, desire to have children in the future, and family history of certain diseases.
There are many different methods of birth control, including hormonal contraception such as "the pill." Women take the pill by mouth to prevent pregnancy, and, when taken correctly, it is up to 99.9% effective.
Intrauterine Methods (IUD)
An intrauterine device (IUD), also known as an intrauterine system (IUS), is a small, T-shaped device that is inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. A health care provider inserts the device. An IUD can remain in place and function effectively for many years at a time.
After the recommended length of time, or when the woman no longer needs or desires contraception, a health care provider removes or replaces the device.
A small, thin and flexible arm implant that is placed discreetly under the skin of the inner, upper arm by Dr. Leveno.
It's considered a long-acting birth control option, providing up to 3 years of continuous pregnancy protection. It must be removed by the end of the third year.
A vaginal ring is used to prevent pregnancy and it’s easy to use. You insert and remove it yourself. Just put it in for 3 weeks, take it out, then put a new one in a week later. Once the ring is in your vagina, it releases a continuous low dose of hormones.
The exact position of the ring inside the vagina is not critical for its function. It’s just as effective as the pill when used as directed, and you don’t have to think about taking it every day.
A contraceptive patch sticks to the skin and is highly effective to prevent you from getting pregnant by releasing hormones.
The hormones estrogen and progestin are released continuously, entering the bloodstream through the skin, where they stop the ovaries from releasing eggs and also thicken the cervical mucus which keeps the sperm from getting to the egg. The patch isn’t transparent, so this method of contraception is visible.