Finding the Right Birth Control for You

Finding the Right Birth Control for You

Birth control can be a real pain, but it’s an unfortunate necessity. Across the nation, 65% of women aged 15-49 are on some form of contraceptive. Though safe sex is the responsibility of both parties involved, it is the unfortunate reality that the onus is largely on us women to ensure that we are using birth control to prevent pregnancy.

Choosing the right contraceptive method can be hard. Considering side effects, efficacy rates and the amount of effort you have to put into maintaining it is overwhelming but very important to research. This is something that’s affecting your body, and making sure that you feel good about your choice is essential.

Here are some of the most popular and easily accessible methods:

Abstinence

This is one that we hear about a lot. Abstaining from sexual activity is the only way to be 100% sure that you won’t fall pregnant. That being said, it’s a little unrealistic. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying sex, and luckily there are other methods that will allow you to do so and reliably protect you as well.

Condoms

Not only are they 98% effective at preventing unwanted pregnancy, but condoms are also the best method for preventing STIs. They’re also a cheap option, and you can find them at nearly every pharmacy. When using condoms make sure that they’re not past their expiry date and that they’re not made from any material that you might be allergic to.

Contraceptive Pill

There are many women that choose the pill as their preferred method of birth control. These work by releasing hormones into your body that safely prevent ovulation, and they’re 99% effective if you take them at the right time every day. You have to be pretty vigilant when taking the pill – choose a convenient time to take it every day that you know you’ll be able to stick to. The pill is even prescribed by some dermatologists to prevent acne and can do wonders for your skin. However, because they’re hormone altering it’s also important to consider that they can affect your mood.

IUD

This is one of the most low maintenance options that you can choose. With a 99% efficacy rate, the implant lasts for 3-12 years before you have to change it. There are two types to choose from – a hormonal IUD and the copper coil. Both are inserted in the same way to sit in your uterus. The hormonal IUD releases hormones in the same way that the pill does, but a smaller amount as it doesn’t have to travel through your bloodstream. It can also make your periods lighter and less painful or even eradicate them completely in a safe way. The copper coil works by killing sperm before it can reach your eggs. This one can make your periods heavier and more painful.

Implant

A birth control implant is a thin rod about the size of a matchstick that is inserted under the skin of your upper arm. It is also 99% effective. It releases the hormone progestin to prevent pregnancy to prevent ovulation (when the eggs leave your ovaries). You may experience some negative side effects at first that include tender breasts, headache and nausea, but they’re likely to go away once your body becomes used to it.

These are only a few options that you can choose from. There are many more to research, so make sure that you cover all of your bases. Consider how your body operates without birth control – this includes your skin, your mental health and your periods among other things.

rubies let us know in the comments below which works best for you and maybe you can offer some guidance for other rubies unsure of what to choose?

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24 thoughts on “Finding the Right Birth Control for You

  1. Parbie says:

    I’m currently struggling to find the right prevention method because I’m breastfeeding and I recently tried Triphasil which had horrible side effects on both me and my daughter. I think I’ll consult and get the IUD

  2. melpeterse says:

    I hate the idea of condoms lol, I feel the process of putting it on just turns me off. I’m currently on a pill as prescribed by my gynae. I abstain if I don’t go to the Pharmacy on time. I also downloaded a Period Tracker app on my phone to keep track of my cycle, fertility and to indicate when I have a high, medium or low chance of falling pregnant on certain dates of the month. I also set an alarm on my phone to ensure that I take the pill everyday at the same time. This seems to work for me. We are all different so do what works for you 🙂

  3. Julia Ashford says:

    I wanted to use the IUD but it does cost a lot, however it’s a great way to go if you certainly don’t want to fall pregnant and it lasts long! I have stuck to the contraceptive pill, however had to change a couple of times because some did not work for my body and caused more issues like acne ect. I do think it’s good to speak to your GP or gynecologist about what you are looking for with regards to contraceptive 🙂

  4. locxyisabel5 says:

    I’m thinking of opting to IUD or IVS jus want something that won’t make me gain weight abnormally as I am already 80 something kg’s.Been using injection for 3 months,I feel like it’s making me gain weight. Anyone who has used IUD your reviews will be appreciated

  5. preciouc32 says:

    Currently i am abstaining… But I’ve used contraceptives pills before and they were so good with skin problems 100%.. I had no other problems regarding them.. I just stop using contraceptives because i wasn’t active anymore.

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