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BIRTH CONTROL

BIRTH CONTROL

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Birth control basics

Birth control: If you’re considering using birth control, you have many options — from natural family planning and over-the-counter birth control products to prescription contraceptives.

To help determine which birth control method would be best for you, consider your lifestyle, personal preferences and health status. How do you feel about planning for sex? Inserting birth control devices into your body? Taking a pill at the same time every day or tracking your fertile days? Permanently ending the ability to conceive or father a child?

It’s also important to make an honest assessment of yourself, your partner and your relationship. You may have different birth control needs if you have sex often. Ideally, you and your partner will discuss the options and reach a mutually beneficial decision.[1]https://www.google.com/search?q=Birth+control&oq=Birth+control&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l4j69i60l3.765j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

Birth control pills

Birth control pills are a common type of contraception. If you’re considering taking birth control pills, you may have more choices than you’d think.

You’ll start by choosing either combination its pills or minipills. If you choose combination of its pills, you’ll have another choice — conventional packs or continuous dosing. With conventional of its pills, you’ll have a period every month. With continuous dosing birth control pills, you may have a period only four times a year or eliminate your period entirely.

Of course, each type of its pill has its own risks and benefits. Understand the basics, then work with your health care provider to determine the best of its pill for you.

Long-acting reversible contraception

If you know you want to become pregnant someday — just not anytime soon — long-acting reversible contraception may be a good choice for you. With long-acting reversible contraception, you get effective of it with little day-to-day hassle.

Options for long-acting reversible contraception include:

  • An intrauterine device (Mirena, ParaGard, Skyla).
  • A contraceptive implant (Nexplanon).
  • A contraceptive injection (Depo-Provera).

You need a prescription from your doctor for this type of it. Besides its effectiveness and ease of use, long-acting reversible contraception allows for a return to fertility once you stop using the contraception. With the intrauterine device and contraceptive implant, the return to fertility is prompt. With the contraceptive injection, return to fertility may take a little longer.

The intrauterine device or contraceptive implant requires a visit to your doctor for removal if you decide you no longer want to use this type of birth control.[2]https://www.healthline.com/health/birth-control-pills

Other birth control options

When you think of those options, what comes to mind? its pills are a popular choice, but don’t stop there. Other options abound — and the choice is up to you.

If you need it only occasionally, over-the-counter male or female condoms might be appropriate those options. Condoms also provide protection against sexually transmitted infections. The contraceptive sponge is another option that’s available without a prescription. If you’re most concerned about effectiveness, a prescription contraceptive such as the vaginal ring might be a better from this option.

As you consider your this options, be open to all the possibilities. Get familiar with how different types of it work, as well as the risks and benefits of specific those options.[3]https://www.acog.org/clinical/clinical-guidance/practice-bulletin/articles/2017/11/long-acting-reversible-contraception-implants-and-intrauterine-devices

Natural family planning

Natural family planning may be an appealing its option if you can’t or choose not to use other contraceptives.

Popular types of natural family planning include the rhythm method, the cervical mucus method and the basal body temperature method. You can use these types of natural family planning to predict when you’ll ovulate — and when you need to avoid unprotected sex, if you don’t want to conceive. Another type of natural family planning is withdrawal, in which the man withdraws his penis from the vagina before ejaculation to prevent pregnancy.

Natural family planning requires motivation, diligence and self-control. Natural family planning isn’t as effective as other types of it, but it’s inexpensive and doesn’t have any side effects.[4]https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/contraception/which-method-suits-me/

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