Birth control, or contraception, consists of various methods that help to prevent pregnancy. What type of birth control a woman chooses is highly personal, depending on whether she wants children in the future, her health, the frequency of her sexual activity, and the number of sexual partners she has.
Although the type of birth control a woman uses depends on her, the choice of when to use birth control should be made as soon as she decides to become sexually active. Have this discussion with your doctor as soon as possible, especially if you have no desire to become pregnant in the near future. However, aside from preventing pregnancy, some forms of contraceptives like condoms are also used to minimize the risk of STD, so be sure to discuss your options with your health care provider.
Non-hormonal methods of birth control include types that do not emit any hormones into a woman’s body. Non-hormonal birth control includes being completely abstinent from sex, the natural family planning or rhythm method, permanent methods like the Essure sterilization implant, the copper intrauterine device (IUD), and barrier methods such as condoms, diaphragms, and contraceptive sponges.
Hormonal methods of birth control minimize a woman’s chances of pregnancy by interfering with the normal cycles of ovulation, fertilization, and/or implantation of a fertilized egg. These methods may include oral contraceptives, or “the pill,” the vaginal ring, the birth control shot known as Depo-Provera, the patch, and the implantable, hormonal IUD.
There are many factors to consider when choosing a birth control option. Schedule an appointment with the women’s health professionals at M. DelCharco Jr., MD, LLC to discuss which type of birth control method is best for your unique case.
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