Likely you’ve asked yourself the question, what are the different types of birth control and which one is best for me? How many options are there? And which are the safest birth control methods that I can use?
What would happen in your life if suddenly, you find out that you will have a new baby? What changes in your life would you have to do? Are you studying or working? No matter, a baby on the way requires that you must re-plan your life, your habits, and your health care.
On the other hand, planning your pregnancy is highly recommended. A baby is one of the biggest responsibilities of life, so it’s great to have no surprises. But whatever your situation is, whether you are already a parent or hoping to prevent a first pregnancy for some time, it is time to think and learn about the different methods of birth control to find the ones that best suit your life.
Living with your partner and planning a family requires some commitments which are the responsibility of both.
What are contraceptives?
Before we talk about the different types of birth control, you should know what contraceptives are:
A contraceptive method is used to prevent fertilization or conception during sexual relations.
The primary purpose of contraception is to prevent you getting pregnant, by preventing sperm from entering the egg and fertilization occurring.
Choosing the most appropriate method to prevent being pregnant depends on several aspects. It is very simple, but you must decide on a method which you feel the most comfortable with along with your partner. The contraception pill can be very practical, but it may have effects which you are not used to feeling. Likewise, the condom is very practical too and highly safe, but your partner may not feel the same pleasure from sex.
What to do if it fails?
Any birth control method has a degree of probability of failure. When a method is used correctly, the failure rate is lower, and so when we look at failure rates for different types of birth controls we look at the rate assuming you are using it correctly.
Ultimately you must choose a type of birth control you can use correctly consistently to ensure it is working at its lowest failure rate for you and your partner.
Personally I feel more comfortable with natural birth control methods for myself and my partner. However, these require much more control and responsibility. These natural methods have more advantages as you can get pregnant immediately when you choose that you’d like to. Meanwhile, other methods, such as the pill, may require time to elapse after you choose to stop using it until you can get pregnant. This also depends on your health and reactions to medications.
If any method you choose to use does end up failing, you can utilize an emergency birth control, typically called the morning after pill.
Are there any risks with some types of birth control?
Other important aspects are to consider the birth control risks and side effects. The safety of different methods must be evaluated with your gynecologist or doctor. Some birth control methods can not be good choices for certain people because of the risks to your health. For example, there are contraceptives which are not recommended for women over 40 years.
Last, but not least:
Whatever method you choose, make sure you know how it works, how to use it correctly, and what the side effects are. You should learn to use methods that do not even need a prescription so that you are best prepared to implement a birth control strategy no matter your current situation.
On the other hand, you must feel comfortable with your partner while using the birth control method of your choice, and consider appropriate types of birth control with no or minimal risk for your health.
Remember, getting pregnant is a serious decision. If you have already had a baby, try the one of the options in contraception after pregnancy.