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. nthabisengnkoana91 says:

    I have a copper coil and it certainly makes my mentruation heavier. I didn’t know about the hormonal one, would of opted for it. But atleast I have one year left, so I can still get a different one next year.

  2. natashastewart2014 says:

    I have always opted to take the Contraceptive Pill and have not really ventured into the other available options. Thank you for shedding light on this matter and providing us with details on the different options. Even with the pill it takes time to get the right one for you sometimes have to adjust to another because of side effects. I personally started using a contraceptive pill because of my acne prescribed by my GP it worked wonders, I would definitely recommend it to anyone having this issue. It is important to take the pill at the same time everyday I did it in the evening and also made sure to set an alarm on my phone as a regular reminder this worked brilliantly for me and I never went a day without taking it. #Thank You Rubybox Loving the tips and looking forward to the next article! 🙂

  3. vhonanim11 says:

    This struggle is Soo real for us woman ,I had the IUD and it fell off without my knowledge and I got pregnant, currently I am on the depo injection,I hate the side effects like mood swings and weight gain but Soo far Soo good

  4. Gouwa Samuels says:

    Good article
    Tried the injection,my body just hated it then moved to a another method
    Evra patch.
    Affordable and easy to use. 3 patches for a entire month, one week is patch free to get your periods, which I prefer to still get my mine.. it’s easy to use,just put patch on arm and you protected. 🙂

  5. Katleho Mphuthi says:

    Contrary to prior belief, I actually use birth control but not for birth control reasons, but to manage my hormones and keep my skin clear. Insightful article!