Birth control is any medicine or device used to reduce the risk of unintended pregnancy. With the wide range of options available, it’s important to consider your age, medical history, general health, and sexual activity when choosing the one that’s right for you. The expert team at Women’s Healthcare of Princeton in Princeton, New Jersey can help you understand your options and find the method that’s best for you. If you live in New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, or the greater New York City area and you want to know more about available birth control options, call or book your appointment online today.
There are several forms of contraception available, and each comes with its own potential benefits, drawbacks, and rate of effectiveness. The five categories of birth control include:
Your OB/GYN at Women’s Healthcare of Princeton can help you choose the birth control that best meets your needs after considering the following factors:
If you don’t want to start a family anytime soon, an IUD may be your best choice; if you have irregular periods, you may benefit most from a hormone-based contraceptive like the pill, which can help regulate your menstrual cycle.
Although each form of birth control has its own rate of effectiveness, it’s important to note that all methods must be used properly to reduce your chances of becoming pregnant.
Used correctly, IUDs and implants are 99% effective, hormonal birth control shots are 94% effective, and hormonal patches, vaginal rings, and birth control pills are 91% effective. Although male and female condoms are roughly 80% effective when used alone, they’re often used along with another type of birth control to provide added protection.
*Individual results may vary