If you are in the market for birth control, you are in luck! There are so many options on the market today, all you have to do is ask your favorite provider at Madison Women’s Clinic. There’s something for everyone. Some of the most popular methods include oral contraceptives, intrauterine devices (IUDs), barrier methods, such as condoms and diaphragms. If you are looking for a more natural method, then perhaps the rhythm method is for you.
Each method has its own set of pros and cons, and is a personal choice, depending on your lifestyle and needs. Let’s briefly run through some options and for a more in depth look, consult your doctor.
- Oral Contraceptives: This method works to prevent the body from producing an egg so there is nothing to fertilize. Oral contraceptives can also be used when you experience irregular or painful and heavy periods. Side effects can vary between women but the most common ones are spotting, headaches, breast tenderness, and nausea. Birth control pills can be a combination of estrogen and progestin or progestin only. The pill must be used consistently.
- Intrauterine Device: An IUD is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy and can last 5 years and beyond, depending on the brand. Its important to remember that an IUD does not prevent sexually transmitted diseases. This type of birth control is put in place and removed by your Gynecologist.
- Barrier Methods: Barrier methods are condoms and diaphragms. The only way to protect against a sexually transmitted disease is to use a condom although, they aren’t very effective at preventing an unwanted pregnancy. They can be even less effective if they aren’t used correctly. It takes a little more planning since these methods must be in place before sex.
- For some, the natural method, using the rhythm of a woman’s cycle is preferred. There is a learning curve to this method and takes a little time to track your cycle. This is not fool proof by any means and it isn’t a good option if you don’t have a regular cycle.
It’s important to visit with your provider before you settle on a method. Each woman has a unique body and specific needs. They can help you determine which method best suits your lifestyle.