Choosing the right contraception is a personal and important decision that depends on various factors, including your health, lifestyle, and family planning goals. Each option covers specific needs and it’s important to talk to your OBGYN about what would work best for you. With a range of options available, it's essential to understand the benefits and considerations of each method.

Understanding Different Contraceptive Methods

Contraception methods can vary, and many can be used as more than just contraception. It’s important to talk to your doctor about what would work best for you and if you’re interested in hormonal options, non-hormonal, or long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs).

Hormonal methods typically include:

  • Birth control pills: These are oral contraceptives taken daily to prevent ovulation. They are highly effective when used correctly but require consistent use. These can also be used to manage certain hormonal issues that you might struggle with.
  • Patches and rings: The contraceptive patch is worn on the skin and changed weekly, while the vaginal ring is inserted for three weeks at a time. Both release hormones to prevent pregnancy.
  • Injectable contraceptives: Administered every three months, injections like Depo-Provera provide long-term protection but may affect menstrual cycles.

LARCs can include:

  • Intrauterine devices (IUDs): IUDs are small devices inserted into the uterus. There are hormonal IUDs (like Mirena) that last 3-7 years and non-hormonal (copper) IUDs that can last up to 10 years. It’s important to know what you’re looking for and ask your OBGYN questions about how they work.
  • Implants: These are typically a small rod that is inserted under the skin of your arm, releasing hormones to prevent pregnancy for up to three years.

Other contraceptive methods include the barrier method. This means using a female or male condom and it is the only method that protects against STIs.

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