Planning on Taking Birth Control? Find Which Works For You

When it comes to pregnancy prevention, the most effective way is to use hormonal methods. These birth control methods include using the pill, ring, patch, hormonal IUD, and injections are proven to be 99% effective. Non-hormonal methods are shown to be less effective at 78% effective.

However, it is important to remember that any form of birth control will only be as effective when followed consistently and correctly. If you do not follow the instructions accordingly, the method will become less effective.

HOW SEXUALLY ACTIVE ARE YOU?

Often
If you have vaginal sex on a regular basis, you should choose a method that you don’t have to think about during the encounter. Consider using the pill, the ring, the patch, the IUDs, and the injection which are all to be sued on a regular basis.

Occasionally
If you have vaginal sex only on an occasional basis, you can choose a method that will be used only when needed. There are some options that are to be used on an one-time-only basis such as condoms, sponges, vaginal contraceptive film, and withdrawal. These methods are only to be used during sexual intercourse.

While these methods are not expensive, there are cons to using them. You and your partner may be carried away during the moment and forget to take extra precaution or not use it at all.

Never
If you currently do not have vaginal sex, then you will not need to worry about using any form of birth control. However, if you are practicing other types of sex, you will still need to protect yourself from STDs and STIs.

BUDGET

Whichever method you choose, you will also have to consider your budget. What is your budget for the birth control? Do you have a healthcare plan that covers the cost of prescriptions of your choice. There are some methods of birth control, such as IUDs, that can be pricey in the beginning but till become cheaper in the long run.

Spermicides are also known to break the budget. However, if you use them once in a while, they can be the most effective and budget-friendly option. If you are low on funds, you can contact your closest sexual health clinics like Planned Parenthood as they sell many methods of birth control as a low cost or even for free.

METHODS OF INSERTION

Birth control methods such as the IUD will require a pelvic exam to be inserted by your health care provider. Some health care providers will ask to have a Pap test prior to prescribing hormonal birth control.

Are you comfortable with putting your fingers into your vagina? Using the ring, sponge, vaginal contraceptive film, and the female condom must be inserted into your vaginal area. The IUD will be inserted by your gynecologist. You might be asked to check your cervix on a monthly basis to check for IUD strings.

What methods are you planning to use? Got any questions? Let us know in the comments below!

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