No woman wants to get pregnant until she is ready to have children. For some women, this is when she is with a loving partner in a long-term relationship. Other women are ready to have children independently. Whatever your situation, the best way to prevent pregnancy until you are 100% ready to have a child is to utilize some form of birth control.

Luckily, there are many different types of birth control. Each type has its benefits and drawbacks for women. In this blog post, we are going to explore some of the different kinds of birth control.

Birth Control Pills

Birth control pills are pills that a woman will take every day around the same time. They are very reliable and have a very high success rate. There are many different kinds of birth control pills so if you try one and your body does not react well, you can always ask your OB/GYN to switch you to another kind. On the positive side, they also can help with cramps, irregularity, and acne. On the negative side, they can sometimes have negative emotional side effects.

Intrauterine Device (IUD)

The IUD is a device that is inserted into your uterus and then it prevents pregnancies. This form of birth control is also highly successful. On the positive side, the IUD only needs to be replaced every three to ten years depending on the type of IUD that is used. On the negative side, some women have found them to cause discomfort at times.

The Patch

The contraceptive patch is a hormonal patch that is applied directly to the skin, usually on the hip. On the positive side, women who use the patch do not need to remember to take a pill every day and their partners can always see evidence of their birth control method. On the negative side, the patch will sometimes fall off.

Depo Provera Shot

Some women can receive a Depo Provera shot as a form of birth control. The shot is extremely successful. On the positive side, women on the shot only have to get a shot once every three months, and it may help with pelvic pain. On the negative side, some women who were once on the shot had issues with fertility when getting off of it.

Male and Female Condoms

Condoms are prophylactic devices worn on the genitals during intercourse. They prevent the sperm from entering the woman. On the positive side, wearing these devices does not require any medication or hormonal changes. On the negative side, these are not usually as effective as other forms of birth control.

When it comes to birth control, there are many different options for you to choose from. The most important thing, though, is that you choose the option that is right for you so that you will no longer be at risk for an unwanted pregnancy.