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    So ladies what birth control method would you pick from below? Any doctors in the house to advice?

    Birth Control
    How to decide According to experts, with so many
    options, choosing a form of birth control can be
    daunting. However, they say beginning with a few
    questions like: Do you need to protect against
    STDs? How important are convenience and cost?
    What about effectiveness?
    Only abstinence is 100 per cent effective, but other
    methods come close as our effectiveness chart
    shows in a glance. It is also necessary for
    individuals to ask their doctors which options are
    best for them.
    Fertility awareness: Also called natural family
    planning, fertility awareness means avoiding sex
    when the woman is most fertile. The most reliable
    way to do this is to watch for changes in cervical
    mucus and body temperature. To use this method
    correctly, it’s best to get training from a health care
    Spermicide: Spermicide contains a chemical that
    kills sperm. It comes in the form of foam, jelly,
    cream, or film that is placed inside the vagina
    before sex. Some types must be put in place 30
    minutes ahead of time. Frequent use may cause
    tissue irritation, increasing the risk of infections and
    STDs. Spermicides are most often used along with
    other birth control methods.
    Female condom: The female condom is a thin
    plastic pouch that lines the vagina and can be put in
    place up to 8 hours before sex. Users grasp a
    flexible, plastic ring at the closed end to guide it into
    position. It’s somewhat less effective than the male
    condom. It is widely available, protects against
    STDs, conducts body heat better than a male
    condom but can be noisy, 21 percent of users get
    pregnant, not reusable. Should not be used with a
    male condom, to avoid breakage.
    Cervical cap: A cervical cap is similar to a
    diaphragm, but smaller. The FemCap slips into
    place over the cervix, blocking entry into the uterus.
    It is used with spermicide. The failure rate for the
    cervical cap is 15 per cent for women who have
    never had children and 30 percent for those who
    Birth control sponge: The birth control sponge, is
    made of foam and contains spermicide. It is placed
    against the cervix up to 24 hours before sex. The
    sponge is about as effective as the cervical cap.
    But unlike the diaphragm or cervical cap, no fitting
    by a doctor is required.
    Birth control pill: The most common type of birth
    control pill uses the hormones estrogen and
    progestin to prevent ovulation. When taken on
    schedule, the pill is highly effective. About 8 per
    cent of typical users get pregnant, including those
    who miss doses. Like all hormonal contraceptives,
    the pill requires a prescription.
    Vaginal ring: It is a soft plastic ring that is worn
    inside the vagina. The ring releases the same
    hormones as the pill and patch and is just as
    effective. But it only needs to be replaced once a
    Birth control shot: The birth control shot, known as
    Depo-Provera, is a hormonal injection that protects
    against pregnancy for three months. For the typical
    couple, it is more effective than the birth control pill
    – only 3 per cent of users get pregnant in a year.
    Birth control implant: The birth control implant
    (Implanon) is a matchstick-sized rod that is placed
    under the skin of the upper arm. It releases the
    same hormone that’s in the birth control shot, but
    the implant protects against pregnancy for three
    years. The failure rate is less than 1 per cent.
    Intrauterine device (IUD): IUD, a T_shaped piece of
    plastic that is placed inside the uterus by a doctor.
    The copper IUD, ParaGard, works for as long as 12
    years. The hormonal IUD, Mirena, must be replaced
    after 5 years. Both types make it more difficult for
    sperm to fertilize the egg. Fewer than eight in 1,000
    women get pregnant.
    Tubal implants: A newer procedure makes it
    possible to block the fallopian tubes without
    surgery. Small implants of metal or silicone are
    placed inside each tube. Scar tissue eventually
    grows around the implants and blocks the tubes.
    Once an X_ray confirms the tubes are blocked, no
    other form of birth control is needed.
    Diaphragm: The diaphragm is a rubber dome that is
    placed over the cervix before sex. It is used with a
    spermicide. Effectiveness compares to the male
    condom – 16 per cent of average users get
    pregnant, including those who don’t use the device
    correctly every time.
    Birth control implant: The birth control implant
    (Implanon) is a matchstick-sized rod that is placed
    under the skin of the upper arm. It releases the
    same hormone that’s in the birth control shot, but
    the implant protects against pregnancy for 3 years.
    The failure rate is less than 1 per cent.
    Tubal ligation: If you are sure you won’t want
    biological children in the future, you may be ready
    for permanent birth control. The traditional method
    for women is called tubal ligation or “having your
    tubes tied.” A surgeon closes off the fallopian tubes,
    preventing eggs from making their journey out of
    the ovaries.
    Vasectomy: Besides condoms, a vasectomy is the
    only birth control option available to men. It involves
    surgically closing the vas deferens – the tubes that
    carry sperm from the testes, through the
    reproductive system. This prevents the release of
    sperm but doesn’t interfere with ejaculation.
    Birth control patch: Women who have trouble
    remembering a daily pill may want to consider the
    birth control patch. The Ortho Evra patch is worn on
    the skin and changed only once a week for three
    weeks with a fourth week that is patch-free. The
    patch releases the same types of hormones as the
    birth control pill and is just as effective.
    Withdrawal: This is the age-old method that relies
    on the man withdrawing his penis from the vagina
    before ejaculation. Newer reviews show that when
    it’s done correctly every time, about 4 per cent of
    users get pregnant in a year. With more typical use,
    about 18 per cent get pregnant.
    Options for older women: Age and lifestyle are
    important factors in choosing a form of birth control.
    If you’re over age 35 and smoke or are obese, the
    combination birth control pill, patch, and ring are not
    recommended. It is best to consult your doctor
    about safe alternatives. If you’re approaching the
    age of menopause, the birth control shot has an
    added benefit: It may relieve some of the symptoms
    of premenopause.
    Least Effective Methods: Without using any form of
    birth control, 85 per cent of sexually active couples
    will get pregnant within a year. Even the least
    effective birth control options reduce that number
    Most Effective Methods: Although barrier methods,
    such as the condom or diaphragm, are moderately
    effective with typical patterns of use, hormonal
    contraceptives have a better track record for
    effectiveness. There are also several options for
    couples that prefer the lowest possible odds of
    getting pregnant. Two of these are reversible – the
    IUD and hormonal implant. Of course, the only birth
    control method that is 100 per cent effective is

    (Excerpts from The Guardian)

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    The copper Iud is d best choice for me especially if u still want to have other children. or the inplants in the upper arm dat lasts for 3 years.

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