With all the new advancements in birth control, how do you know which method is right for you? There is no right choice – rather each method has its pros and cons. Here we have addressed these concerns to help you make the best decision for you.
Birth Control Pills
The most widely used form of birth control, the pill, is a safe, convenient and low cost way to practice safe sex. You simply take a pill once a day to prevent pregnancy. It is important to take the pill every day and, if you tend to forget, set a reminder on your phone or you may want to look into another form of contraception. Keep in mind, the pill does not protect you from sexually transmitted infections, or STIs. Some side effects of the pill may include bleeding between periods, breast tenderness, or nausea and vomiting. Another thing to consider is that the pill prevents you from ovulating. If you want to get pregnant, it may take a couple of months for your body to start ovulating again.
The IUD, or intrauterine device, is a small “T-shaped” device that is inserted by a health care provider into the uterus. There are two types of IUDs available in the U.S. – the copper and hormonal. The ParaGard IUD contains copper and is effective for 12 years, while the hormonal IUD releases a small amount of progestin. The two brands of the hormonal are Mirena, which is effective for five years and Skyla, which is effective for three years.
The cost for the medical exam, the IUD, the insertion of the IUD, and follow-up visits to your health care provider can range from $500 to $1,000. Less than 1% of women report getting pregnant when they use an IUD. When the time comes to have children, your doctor will simply remove the IUD and the ability to become pregnant returns quickly.
Condoms are another widely used form of birth control; it prevents pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Costing about $1 each, condoms can be used with another form of birth control for extra protection. Condoms can be made more effective if used with spermicide. A disadvantage of condoms may include dull sensation during intercourse. If you are allergic to latex, you can try using a condom that is made from plastic.
Birth Control Shot
Another contraceptive option is the birth control shot. This shot in the arm lasts three months and costs roughly $35 – $100 per injection. Less than 1% of women will get pregnant each year if they always use the birth control shot as directed. As with the pill and IUD, the shot does not protect against sexually transmitted infections. A common side effect is irregular bleeding in the first 6 to 12 months of use.
To discuss which birth control method is best for you, schedule an appointment online with Contemporary Women’s Care or call (407) 478-6249 today.