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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%).
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
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
..........Paraguard – Hormone Free IUD
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
BIRTH CONTROL LINKS:
Center for Disease Control
Health and Human Services
Natural Family Planning