Women's Wellness of SA

Birth Control: What You Need to Know

Birth control is a way to prevent pregnancy. There are many different types of birth control available, and the best type for you will depend on your individual needs and preferences.

Some of the most common types of birth control include:

  • The pill: The pill is a medication that is taken by mouth every It works by preventing ovulation, the release of an egg from the ovary.
  • The patch: The patch is a small, adhesive patch that is applied to the skin once a week. It works in the same way as the pill.
  • The ring: The ring is a small, flexible ring that is inserted into the vagina once a month. It works in the same way as the pill.
  • The shot: The shot is a medication that is injected into the arm every 3 months. It works by preventing ovulation and thickening the mucus in the cervix, making it difficult for sperm to reach the egg.
  • The implant: The implant is a small, flexible rod that is inserted under the skin of the upper arm. It works by releasing hormones that prevent ovulation.
  • The IUD: The IUD is a small, T-shaped device that is inserted into the uterus. It works by preventing sperm from reaching the egg.
  • Natural family planning: Natural family planning is a method of avoiding pregnancy by tracking the woman’s menstrual cycle and abstaining from sex during the fertile period.

When choosing a birth control method, it is important to consider the following factors:

  • Your age
  • Your medical history
  • Your lifestyle
  • Your preferences
  • The cost of the method

It is also important to talk to your doctor about all of your options and to find a method that is right for you.

  • No birth control method is 100%effective.
  • You should use a backup method of birth control if you are taking certain medications, such as antibiotics.
  • You should see your doctor regularly to make sure that the birth control method you are using is still right for you.

If you are considering using birth control, talk to your doctor. They can help you choose the best method for you and answer any questions you have.

I hope this blog helps you learn more about birth control.

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