Weighing your options
It’s easy to be confused by all the birth control options out there: Should you take a progestin-only pill or the mainstream combination pill? Can an IUD affect your chances of having children in the future? Is the female condom as effective as its male counterpart?
Luckily, we have answers. Here are 12 of the most common birth control methods, and why you should or shouldn’t try them.
Among your birth control options are:
Barrier methods. Examples include male and female condoms, as well as the diaphragm, cervical cap and contraceptive sponge. This option helps protect you against sexually transmitted diseases.
Hormonal methods. Examples include birth control pills, as well as the vaginal ring (NuvaRing), implant device (Nexplanon), injection (Depo-Provera) and patch (Ortho Evra).
Intrauterine devices (IUDs). Examples include the copper IUD (ParaGard) and the hormonal IUD (Mirena and Skyla). These options can provide 5 to 10 years of pregnancy prevention. Fertility returns quickly after removal.
Sterilization. Examples include tubal ligation or the Essure system for women, and vasectomy for men.
Natural family planning. Examples include the rhythm, basal body temperature and cervical mucus methods.
It's also important to be aware of emergency contraception — such as the morning-after pill (Plan B One-Step, Next Choice One Dose, ella, and Copper IUD) — which can be used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex.
We at KFP can help you to choose the right birth control for you. Currently all our providers have been specially trained on how to properly insert the Nexplanon. Nexplanon is a small device (about the size of match stick) that is placed just below the skin on upper arm. The whole process only takes minutes! This option would provide 3 years of pregnancy prevention, less bleeding and pain, and is safe and effective. Nexplanon is a great birth choice that safe for most women including women who recently gave birth, breastfeeding, smoking, or have hypertension or migraines.
Please call 603-863-7777 to schedule your appointment today.
Chelsea Tierney APRN