Caring For Women throughout Their Lifetime

Birth Control Options

Birth Control Options

Birth Control is the act of preventing pregnancy. There are a wide variety of types of birth control. It is essential that you educate yourself on all the options so you can find the type that will work best for you.

The rhythm method is when a woman learns her cycle and knows the day she is most fertile. This method requires educating yourself and learning your body. Most women who do this method of birth control receive education from their Midwife on how to find the days of the month that they are most fertile. This form of birth control does not prevent against STD’s.

Condoms are an option of birth control and a preventive against STD’s. Condoms are readily available at drug stores.

There is also a female condom available. A female condom is a pouch that you put inside the vagina to reduce the risk of pregnancy. They are composed of big and small rings located at open and closed ends of the condom. The small ring, at the closed end, is inserted into the vagina. The bigger ring, at the open end, remains outside of the vagina during intercourse.

Caya is a new diaphragm on the market. It is inserted like a tampon. It’s shape ensures fit around the cervix. It acts as a barrier to prevent sperm from entering the uterus. Caya is made of silicone and hormone free.

Spermicide is a foam, jelly, or cream that contains a chemical that kills sperm. It is placed inside the vagina before sex. Be sure to read the package as many types must be put in place 30 minutes ahead of sexual intercourse. Spermicides are often used along with another form of birth control.

Birth control pills are pills that women take on a daily basis to prevent pregnancy. They do not prevent against STD’s. There is a wide variety of birth control pills. Talk with your Midwife to find the one that best fits you.

A birth control patch is a patch that a woman sticks on her skin. The patch is applied once a week for three weeks. The fourth week no patch is needed. The patch releases hormones into the body that prevents a woman from getting pregnant.

Another option is a vaginal ring. control vaginal ring. It is a small, flexible ring that a women inserts into her vagina once a month to prevent pregnancy. It stays there for a three week period and is taken out for the last week of the month. The ring makes the cervical mucus thicker in the female body, which prevents sperm from reaching the eggs.

There is also a birth control shot that releases hormones to the woman’s body to prevent pregnancy. Each injections lasts for three months. Many choose this option for convenience of not having to do something daily or weekly to prevent conception.

Another option is an implant. An implant can prevent pregnancy for up to 3 years. The implant is the size of a cardboard match stick and is implanted underneath the skin of the upper arm.

A vasectomy or a tubal are forms of permanent prevention of pregnancy for men and women. A vasectomy is a permanent birth control option for men. A vasectomy involves closing the tubes that carry the sperm out of a man’s body. A tubal is done as a form of permanent prevention of pregnancy for women. This is also a medical procedure. During this procedure a woman’s Fallopian tubes are cut/tied to prevent pregnancy from occurring.

Your Midwife can discuss with you the best options for you. There are a variety of factors to look at when deciding the best contraception for you.