If you want to prevent pregnancy, there are many birth control options to choose from. A growing number of women are using long-acting reversible contraceptives, such as the copper IUD, hormonal IUD, or birth control implant.
Other highly effective options include the birth control pill, shot, vaginal ring, or skin patch.
Barrier methods of birth control, such as condoms and diaphragm with spermicide, are also available. These options are generally less effective at preventing pregnancy than IUDs and hormonal methods of birth control. Barrier methods must be used correctly every time you have sex to reduce the risk of pregnancy.
Besides abstinence, condoms are the only method of birth control that also helps protect you from sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Depending on your habits, needs, and preferences, some birth control options might be better than others. Take this short assessment to find out more about which types of birth control might be most convenient and effective for you.
The birth control shot, vaginal ring, or skin patch might also work well for you. They’re not quite as effective or long-lasting as an IUD or implant, but you don’t have to take them as often as the birth control pill. Barrier methods, such as a diaphragm with spermicide, are also available — but keep in mind these tend to be less effective.
The birth control shot, vaginal ring, and skin patch are just as effective as the pill, but their effects last for longer. An IUD or birth control implant is even more effective and they can last for up to three years or more before it needs to be replaced.
Barrier methods, such as a diaphragm with spermicide, are also available — but keep in mind these tend to be less effective.
To protect yourself from STIs, you can combine any of these birth control methods with condoms. Ask your doctor for more information about the potential benefits and risks of different birth control methods.