Everything a Woman Needs to Know About Birth Control

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Deciding whether or not to use birth control is a big decision. There are many different types of birth control available, and it can be tough to decide which one is right for you. 

In this article, we will discuss everything you need to know about the various types of birth control, how they work, and give you a better idea of what might work for you. 

1. There are many different types of birth control to choose from

When it comes to birth control, there are many different options available for women, but they are categorized into hormonal and non-hormonal forms of contraception. 

Hormonal contraceptives include birth control pills, patches, and vaginal rings. For those who do not want to use hormonal methods of birth control, there are also non-hormonal options such as condoms, diaphragms, and copper IUDs. 

It’s important to consider how some substances might interact with hormonal treatments, like taking certain medications, some herbal remedies, and even cannabis. Visit Veriheal to learn more about how cannabis may impact the effectiveness of birth control. 

2. Birth control pills

One of the most popular methods is the birth control pill. Birth control pills are small tablets that contain hormones that prevent pregnancy. 

These hormones work by preventing ovulation, which is the release of an egg from the ovary. They also thin the lining of the uterus, making it less likely for a fertilized egg to implant. 

While birth control pills are very effective, they can also cause side effects such as nausea, headaches, and weight gain. In addition, some women may experience mood swings or breast tenderness. However, these side effects are usually mild and tend to subside within a few months. 

3. Birth control patches

The birth control patch is a small, thin square that is worn on the skin. Essentially, the patch releases hormones that prevent pregnancy. It is about the size of a quarter and is usually worn on the buttocks, upper arm, or stomach. 

The patch must be changed once a week for three weeks. During the fourth week, no patch is worn. This gives the body a break from the hormones and reduces the risk of side effects. 

The patch is up to 99% effective when used correctly, and can be worn while bathing, exercising, and conducting any other normal activities. It comes with the whole host of potential side effects that are common with hormonal birth control methods. 

4. Vaginal ring

The birth control vaginal ring (also known as the NuvaRing) is a small, flexible ring that is inserted into the vagina. It releases a steady stream of hormones (estrogen and progestin) that prevent ovulation. 

The vaginal ring must be inserted within the first five days of your period for it to work right away. Otherwise it will take seven days for it to be fully effective. It’s worn for 3 weeks, and removed at the same time, on the same day of the week. 

The ring can be worn during sex, but you should check to make sure it is still in place before and afterward. Some common side effects of the vaginal ring include vaginal irritation, headaches, nausea, weight gain, and vaginal bleeding (spotting) between periods. 

5. Contraceptive diaphragm 

The diaphragm is a small, soft silicone cup that is inserted into the vagina before sex. It covers the cervix (the opening to the uterus) and prevents sperm from entering. 

The diaphragm must be used with spermicide (a cream or gel that kills sperm) for it to be effective. Diaphragms are about 92-96% effective when used correctly. If you’d like to learn more about contraceptive diaphragms or caps, it’s best to speak with your doctor. 

6. Copper IUD

The copper IUD is a small, T-shaped device that is inserted into the uterus by a healthcare professional. It works by producing an inflammatory reaction which is toxic to sperm and ova. The copper IUD can be used as a method of emergency contraception if it is inserted within five days of unprotected sex. 

However, it is more effective as a long-term method of birth control. The copper IUD can be left in for up to 10 years, and is more than 99% effective. Some possible side effects include heavier or longer lasting periods, spotting between periods, and cramps. 

Conclusion

There are many different types of birth control available to women, and the best method for you depends on your individual needs and preferences. Be sure to speak with your doctor about all of your options before making a decision.

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