Some contraceptive methods are far better than others. Each method varies in how effective it is, overall cost, and convenience. These are the top five forms of birth control for couples that are done having kids.
Male Sterilization- Vasectomy
Male sterilization is almost one-hundred percent effective. The procedure is simple and affordable. There are very few side effects and the process is very low maintenance. After procedure completion, there will be a single follow-up visit.
Female sterilization is also almost one-hundred percent effective at preventing pregnancies. The procedure is more complicated than male sterilization and costs quite a bit more money. There is a limited amount of side effects that accompany the procedure.
Long Active Reversible Contraception- LARC
Long active reversible contraception, also known as the IUD, is an effective form of birth control. The IUD is ninety-nine percent effective at preventing pregnancy. There are a few side effects associated with LARC. Most side effects are very rare. Depending on the brand and type of IUD, it is effective for an average of three to five years.
Birth Control Shot
The birth control shot is ninety-four percent effective. It is less effective than all of the options listed above. The shot will prevent pregnancy for roughly three months. After three months have passed, you will need to visit your doctor to receive another shot. This option is more convenient than most hormonal birth controls but less convenient than the options listed above.
Hormonal Birth Control
Hormonal birth control includes birth control pills, the birth control patch, and vaginal rings. These methods of birth control average a ninety-one percent effectiveness at preventing pregnancy. These three methods are the least expensive options, but they require a lot of maintenance.
The birth control pill must be taken every day. The pill is less effective if it is not taken at the same time each day. The patch must be changed once a week. The vaginal ring must be replaced every three to four weeks. Hormonal birth control is the least convenient birth control option.
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