From condoms to pills to IUDs, you have many choices when it comes to birth control, but not all methods are right for everyone. Before you settle on one form of contraception, weigh all the types of birth control and consider the facts. By asking yourself these questions and talking with your doctor, you can find the option that works best for you.
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Some birth control methods work better than others do. In general, birth control that requires the least effort by you is the most effective. Examples include sterilization, IUDs, and implants. Pills, the patch, and condoms can be very effective if used correctly and consistently. The least effective birth control methods require self-control, including withdrawal before ejaculation and fertility monitoring.
1. How effective is it? https://d33ljpvc0tflz5.cloudfront.net/dims3/MMH/thumbnail/580x388/quality/75/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fd26ua9paks4zq.cloudfront.net%2F1a%2F2b%2F983d7ed344088003fc49de0492a4%2FGettyImages_77993190.jpg
When choosing birth control, consider your long-term reproductive goals. Permanent methods, such as sterilization, are not a good option until you are sure your family is complete. If you want to get pregnant in the near future, consider birth control that is easy to stop and is completely reversible, such as condoms or oral contraceptives. If you will not be ready to have children for a long time, an IUD may be appropriate.
2. Is it reversible? https://d33ljpvc0tflz5.cloudfront.net/dims3/MMH/crop/994x665%2B502%2B184/resize/580x388/quality/75/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fd26ua9paks4zq.cloudfront.net%2F22%2F99%2F0c5b03a2448699c59892786da905%2Fresizes%2F1500%2Fimage-mother-and-son-holding-hands.jpg
Some contraceptives, particularly hormone-based contraceptives, cause side effects. You may have breast tenderness, bleeding between periods, nausea, cramping, weight gain, depression, hair or skin changes, or headaches. Other contraceptives may cause heavy periods. When choosing a birth control method, talk to your provider about possible side effects and consider which ones you can live with.
3. Are the side effects tolerable? https://d33ljpvc0tflz5.cloudfront.net/dims3/MMH/crop/5104x3414%2B11%2B0/resize/580x388/quality/75/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fd26ua9paks4zq.cloudfront.net%2Fe8%2F4d%2F857955a54312967ed9cda7715536%2Fimage-getty-580503081.jpg
Birth control must be used exactly as prescribed to be effective. If you are forgetful, birth control that requires remembering to take a pill every day may not be the best choice. If you aren’t sure you will consistently apply a condom before intercourse, consider a method that doesn’t cause an interruption. These methods include the pill, IUD or shot (Depo-Provera). If you smoke, avoid hormone contraceptives because the combination greatly increases your risk of blood clots and heart disease.
4. Does it fit your personality and lifestyle? https://d33ljpvc0tflz5.cloudfront.net/dims3/MMH/thumbnail/580x388/quality/75/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fd26ua9paks4zq.cloudfront.net%2F12%2Fea%2F2de865694ebbbdcff3b5739aca76%2Fimage-getty-514411509.jpg
It is important to choose a barrier birth control method that prevents pregnancy and protects