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Birth Control

Birth control popularly known as contraception is the intentional prevention of a pregnancy. There are a whole number of birth control options to choose from, depending on choices and health status. Your doctor can also help with the decision, depending on your medical records.

No birth control method is actually deemed the best as even the most effective birth control methods can fail. Putting a birth control in place, often results in the lowering of chances and not a complete elimination.

To make your birth control choices, consider these:

Are you planning on getting pregnant in the near future?

What are the side effects of the option you are going for?

Will you be resolute in following through that method or will you deviate sometimes

How frequently do you have sex and how many are the sex partners involved

What is the efficiency level of this particular method?

Having considered these, here are some birth control options:

Abstinence is the only sure and most effective method of preventing a pregnancy .This is because there are neither sexual activities involved nor contact with the productive organs.

A female condom can also minimize the risk of an unplanned pregnancy. These are usually big and small rings placed inside a vagina, when having an intercourse. The rings are at the open and closed ends of the condom.These condoms  are like covering gears, offering protection to  the inside of the vagina, barring any sperm and pre-ejaculation from making any direct contact with the vagina.

Birth control pills often referred to as contraceptive pills and taken orally help with preventing pregnancies. These pills bring a woman’s ovulation to an end, thereby preventing the sperm from fertilizing eggs or even prevent sperm from getting to the eggs.

Vasectomy is a birth control measure in men that prevents pregnancy through surgery or a medical procedure. This is often permanent as they are rarely able to impregnate a woman thereafter.  Here, the tubes that carry the sperm out of a man’s body are closed, thereby preventing egg fertilization from the sperm. A reversal might be unachievable after a vasectomy is done.

Diaphragms, which are done by inserting silicon into the vagina is another method of pregnancy prevention. Here, the cervix is covered and barred from the vagina such that eggs are not easily reached by the sperm.

Birth control implant is one of the popular birth control choices amongst women because of the simple and safe procedure. It is also known to prevent pregnancy for at least 2 years. In this case, an implant is made in the upper arm, deep into the skin. Because of the progesterone in the implant, the cervical mucus grows thicker and retains the eggs in the ovaries, such that an egg cannot reach it.

Spermicide is used to reduce the risk of pregnancy through the introduction of a substance that slows down sperm movement. Before an intercourse, spermicide is deposited in a vagina such that the cervix is blocked and the eggs refrained from meeting the sperm. Spermicide can be incorporated alongside other birth control methods.

The Nuva ring is a vaginal birth control ring, known for releasing the estrogen and progestin hormones. It is a small and easy to use ring, inserted into the vagina, once a month and can be replaced thereafter. It is a small, flexible ring that a woman inserts into her vagina once a month to prevent pregnancy. It thickens the cervical mucus and keeps sperm away.

The natural rhythm method is the avoidance of sex on fertile days or the use of birth control methods only on fertile days before an intercourse sex. To guarantee some level of efficiency with this method, it is best to secure an ovulation home test kit, so as to be able to properly monitor the fertile days.