If you are considering birth control, there are several options that you can choose from, including prescribed contraceptives, over-the-counter products, and natural family planning. Your choice of Forest Hills birth control depends on your health and whether you plan to have children in the future. It is also necessary to understand your sexual relationship with your partner; if you have sex regularly or are in a monogamous relationship. Most women need professional help choosing suitable birth control methods. Below are hormonal contraceptives which your doctor may recommend.
The implant is one of the most effective and convenient contraceptive methods. It is a small rod that your healthcare provider inserts beneath the skin into your upper arm. The implant slowly releases progestin which the surrounding tissues in your body absorb. It can prevent pregnancy for up to three years, but you can have it removed whenever you decide to get pregnant. The good news is that you instantly regain fertility after removing it, so there is no delayed fertility. Most women with implants report common side effects such as irregular bleeding.
2. Vaginal ring
A vaginal ring is made out of flexible plastic, and it contains estrogen and progestin hormones. As the name may suggest, it is inserted inside your vagina, where it produces hormones in your body. You will put on the ring for three weeks for this contraceptive method and leave it out during the fourth week when you will bleed. Depending on the ring’s brand, you may or may not need to replace the ring. The position of the ring inside the vagina is not essential as long as it remains inside and it is not uncomfortable. It is easy to insert and remove the ring, and most people do not feel the ring while in place.
3. The pill
The pill is an oral contraceptive that contains estrogen and progestin hormones. It prevents pregnancy by thinning the uterus walls, thickening cervical mucus, and preventing ovulation. Although the pill is a highly effective form of birth control, it has one major downside. You need to take the pill every day and preferably at the same time to optimize its efficacy. Missing a tablet is a common cause of pregnancy. Due to this downside, most people may not prefer this birth control method.
Besides preventing pregnancy, the pill has additional benefits, such as reduced acne and menstrual cramps. Women who use this oral contraceptive also have reduced chances of having cancers of the ovary and endometrium.
4. A condom
A condom is a barrier device made out of thin latex or polyurethane sheath used during sexual intercourse. Male condoms are worn over an erect penis and are closed at the end. On the other hand, the female condom is placed inside the vagina before sexual intercourse. You should wear condoms at all times during sexual intercourse to prevent pregnancy. They are available over the counter, and some family planning clinics offer them for free. You don’t require a prescription to buy or use a condom. Condoms are the only contraceptives that also protect against sexually transmitted infections.
Consult your specialist at Raveco Medical for professional guidance about birth control methods.