different types of birth control
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Different Types Of Birth Control

Are you ready to take control of your body? You could not worry about getting pregnant for a while, have a lighter period, and fewer menstrual symptoms. The only thing you need to do is pick one of the different types of birth control. Here are some options.

  • Vaginal Ring

This is a plastic ring placed in your vagina monthly. It contains hormones that prevent your body from ovulating and creates thick cervical mucus that prevents sperm from swimming up the cervix. It is 91 % effective, decreases menstrual symptoms, and makes lighter periods. You can remove it whenever if you decide to try to get pregnant. It also decreases the likelihood of ovarian and endometrial cancers. However, it does not protect you against STDs.

  • Birth Control Pills

These are pills that use hormones to prevent you from ovulating and increase cervical mucus to prevent sperm from fertilizing an egg. It is temporary so you can stop taking it whenever you decide to have a baby. It is 91% effective. Also, it causes lighter, less painful, and more regular periods. But, it does not protect against STDs.

  • Birth Control Shot

This is a shot that uses hormones to prevent pregnancy by stopping you from ovulating and letting the sperm fertilize the egg. You should get it every 3 months, and it 94 % effective. But, it may take up to 6 months after the stop of using it to get your regular period back. So, it may take a while before you can get pregnant again.  It can also cause weight gain, acne, irregular bleeding, headaches, lower bone density, and mood swings. It also does not protect you from STDs.

  • Copper IUD

It is a T – shaped plastic wrapped in copper inserted in the uterus. It prevents the egg from meeting the egg without using hormones, lasts up to 10-12 years, and is 99 % effective. Once you decide to get pregnant, you can simply have it removed and you may get pregnant quickly afterward. It may cause some heavy periods at first and will not protect you from STDs.

  • Hormonal IUD

It is a T-shaped hormonal plastic placed in the uterus. It releases hormones to prevent fertilization, lasts from 3–7 years, and is 99 % effective. However, it may cause some bleeding between periods for up to six months and will not protect you from STDs. You can try to get pregnant right away after removing it.

  • Arm Implant

It is a small rod placed under the skin of your upper arm. It releases hormones to prevent you from releasing eggs. Also, it lasts from 3–5 years and is 99 % effective. You are not protected from STDs, and it may cause irregular bleeding for up to 12 months. You may try to get pregnant right after removal. Your arm will be numbed before placing the rod.

I hope you may now be able to choose one of the different types of birth control. If you have questions, leave a comment.


  1. This is such an important post! My husband has a vasectomy, so I’m fortunate not to need anything additional, but I took the micropill (despite the side effects) before that.

    xo Danai @ Living, Learning, Eating

    1. Hi! What is a micro pill?

  2. Thank you for detailing all the options. As a woman who was on the pill most of life I wish I had chosen an alternative option

  3. I guess the upside of infertility is not having to worry about birth control lol!

    1. Halimeh Salem says:

      Ya, that is true. I went through infertility before they found out the problem and I don’t take birth control now because I have learned so many ways to prevent pregnancy without any birth control.

  4. Monica Simpson says:

    There’s so many options now a days. I just took the pill back in my early 20’s.

  5. Sarah says:

    Thanks for explaining everything in detail! I was on the pill for a while before we first started trying for a family. I didn’t even know all the other options at the time!

  6. So many options! I didn’t realize there were so many different kinds.

  7. This is great information! Thank you for sharing!

  8. I’m past the stage where I need this, but I have to say, I didn’t realize there were so many options.

  9. Elizabeth says:

    Great information. I didn’t know about all of these forms of birth control.

  10. There are so many options available today. We went with a vasectomy. It made it easier for our family.

  11. Thanks for sharing, this is a really useful post.

  12. This is really helpful. I was on the pill before I switched to the implant!

  13. This is so informative. I have a iud and love it!

  14. Luna S says:

    This is fantastic information, great for someone who is trying to figure out which might be the best option for them.

  15. Cathey says:

    This is an important topic to discuss . Unfortunately I was one of those women that hormonal birth control just didn’t work . I have two children From when I was on birth control. Even the doctors were surprised because we were following all protocol .

  16. Thank you so much for this! I feel like there are so many women who don’t know the options! Thank you!

  17. Ashley t says:

    I love that you shared about the different types of birth control that are available because some women don’t know what their options are.

  18. Ashley says:

    Thank you for this post! This information needs to be out there so women know their options!

  19. I’m so torn on which of these methods to use after I have baby! It definitely helped having it all laid out in front of me though. Now to just decide lol

  20. Such an informative post – sharing the many options we have as women on choosing the birth control method that aligns with us.

  21. Kimmy says:

    Thank you for sharing these different options

  22. The side effects on everything scare me, but I di try birth control for a little while. It was fine until the 3rd month and then I had a period for 2 weeks and sex became painful, so nope, never again. Sticking with condoms.

  23. catherine santiago jose says:

    This stuff is very essential to those who are doing family planning. Definitely, a great help to couples and an amazing reference to others.

  24. This is some great information and thankfully my husband was willing to take one for the team 🙂 haha

  25. Thanks for sharing. It’s great to be educated about all the different types of birth control available!

  26. There are so many different options out there now for women to choose from. Thank you for such an informative post that is so needed.

  27. Thank you for this detailed and helpful post. It is nice to know that there a lot of options in birth control. I think I will stick with birth control shot which you simply have every 3 months.

  28. I think a lot of women don’t know there are so many options.

  29. Thanks for bringing awareness! This will help so much to know about their birth control options.

  30. This is great information! After baby #3, I sent my husband in for a vasectomy, but I definitely took the pill while I was in college.

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