Birth Control Methods for Women

Jun 06, 2011

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Hormonal Birth Control Method for Women

Birth control through hormonal methods is very reliable. There are two methods mostly used for this –


  • The combination pill which contains the hormones estrogen and progestin (synthetic progesterone). It can be taken through pills, via skin patches or rings.
  • The hormonal method which uses progestin alone for birth control is taken as mini pills or body implants. Implanon is one of them.  Estrogen is not recommendable for all women. You may also take a hormonal IUD. A type of progestin is released by it.


The two contraceptives birth control method mentioned above are suitable for different women. You need to decide which would be agreeable to your body constitution after doctor’s advice or by carefully going through the recommendations for and against the birth control methods such as implants, pills, patches and rings.

The one direction which must be followed when taking the progestin-only pill is that you need to be very specific about the time of the day. It should be exactly the same as the day before. If not, the chances of pregnancy increase. Since breast-feeding mothers in particular cannot take the combination pill, they need to be cautious of using the progestin method of birth control at the same time daily which is not necessary when taking the combination pill. Despite starting these methods, it is nonetheless important to continue backup birth control methods for a week.


Barrier Birth Control Methods for Women


Barrier birth control method for women include diaphragm, cervical cap, male condom, female condom, cervical shield, spermicidal foam, sponge and others. Their basic function is to prevent the process of sperm reaching the uterus. These methods have the advantage of much lesser side-effects than the hormonal methods. If you fear contracting a sexually transmitted disease, using condoms, male or female, is the best way.


Permanent Birth Control - Surgical Implants


Women can also opt for tubal implants. It is a procedure through which fallopian tubes that moves the eggs from ovaries to uterus are either cut, tied or blocked. Bear in mind that it is a permanent procedure and only those who do not want to become parents should do it. It involves inserting a metal coil or tubular implant in each fallopian tube to block it. In some time, tissues grow around the implants leading to permanent blockage.  Women are able to return home within 2 hours of this procedure. It is mostly undergone by women who have had one or more children and do not want any more.


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