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THE BEST METHOD - is the one that:
You will use consistently
Is comfortable for you and your partner
With no troublesome side effects for you.

Long acting methods: (Mirena IUD, Copper IUD or Implant) are about 20 times more effective at preventing pregnancy than birth control pills, patches or rings. 

Furthermore Long acting methods have much higher continuation rates after 2 years use (about 78%) than the birth control pill type methods (about 41%). 


  • How effective is the method?
  • Will I remember to use it? 
  • Must I use/take it every day?
  • Is it reversible?
  • How quickly Is pregnancy possible after stopping?
  • Will it cause more or less menstrual flow?
  • What are side effects / complications?
  • Is it expensive?
  • Does it partly protect against STDs?

All methods have benefits and risks. You must balance these for each method and choose the one that you will be able to use reliably.

Birth Control After Pregnancy 

Barrier Methods summary regarding Condoms, Diaphragms etc.
Barrier Methods of Contraception 

Emergency Methods – summary regarding The morning after pill
Emergency Contraception 
Princeton website on Emergency Contraception

Pills – summary regarding Oral contraceptives
Birth Control Pills 
Benefits and Risks of Birth Control Pills

IUDs - summary regarding the intrauterine device
The Intrauterine Device 
..........Mirena IUD    
..........Skyla IUD
..........Paraguard – Hormone Free IUD

Summary of Mirena Problems

Implants, Injections, Rings, and Patches
(Hormonal Birth Control Options) 
Implanon – implant
Nexplanon – 3 year implant
DepoProvera – The Birth Control Shot
NuvaRing - Intravaginal contraceptive ring
Ortho-Evra – the contraceptive patch

.....Sterilization by Laparoscopy
.....Sterilization Postpartum (after giving birth) 
.....Sterilization for Women and Men 
.....Sterilization by Hysteroscopy - Essure 

Birth Control -- Especially for Teens  


Planned Parenthood 

Center for Disease Control

Health and Human Services

Natural Family Planning