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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?