Birth control has been used for thousands of years to prevent pregnancy. Today there are many safe and effective birth control – or contraceptive – methods available. And there is not one method that is right for every person. In fact, there are currently 20 methods of contraception!
- Abstinence and outercourse
- Birth Control Patch
- Birth Control Pills
- Birth Control Shot
- Breastfeeding (Lactational Amenorrhea Method)
- Cervical Cap
- Intrauterine Contraception (IUC)
- Copper-T IUD
- Hormonal IUD
- Emergency Contraception
- Female Condom
- Female Sterilization
- Fertility Awareness Methods
- Male Condom
- Withdrawal (Pulling Out)
- Vaginal Ring
So – what are some things you need to think about when choosing a birth control method that will be right for you?
Ask the following questions:
How well does a particular method prevent pregnancy?
How easy is it to use?
Would you like to help control your bleeding patterns?
Do you need a prescription to use it?
Does it protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs)?
Do you have any health problems?
Answering these questions will help with narrowing down your choices, and through discussions with your health care provider, you will be able to better choose a birth control method that will be most effective for you.