Thanks to liberalism, newlyweds do not shy away from talking about birth control any longer. However, with too many options of birth control to choose from, they often find themselves lost between condoms, pills and caps.
WedAbout experts bring you information about all available options to help you decide the one that you can commit to using every time you have sex:
There is a reason that condoms continue to be the most popular birth-control method. In addition to preventing pregnancy, they help in preventing diseases and infections too! Although, there are both male and female condoms to choose from, male condoms continue to be the preferred option.
Cervical cups or diaphragm are barrier methods of birth control where you place a flexible cup in your vagina to prevent the sperms from entering your uterus. It is a great option for anyone who want to avoid using a hormonal method of birth control. You need to get it fitted by a doctor.
Expert tip: For best results, you must use diaphragm with spermicides
Pills are the most effective of all the birth control options with a failure rate as low as 1 percent. There are many options of birth control pills for women to choose from starting from progestin only, to a combination of estrogen and progestin. The best part is that pills can help in regulating periods, reducing menstrual cramps, and providing protection against pelvic diseases.
IUD or Intrauterine device is a T-shaped device that is inserted into your uterus. You can choose between copper (can be left for 12 years) or the hormone progestin (can be left for 5 years). The best part about IUD is that despite being highly effective, it is reversible and you can get it removed whenever you want to have a baby.
Nuva ring is a small flexible device containing estrogen and progestin just like the pills. It is placed inside the vagina and left there for three weeks. It is then removed for the 4th week (menstruation week) of the month. It is as effective as pills but just more convenient.
A piece of plastic containing progestin is inserted right under the skin of the upper arm. The method is invisible and can help in preventing pregnancy for 3 years. Some women experience irregular bleeding for the first year but will eventually stop getting periods. Once you get the implant removed, you can still get pregnant.
These pills must be taken within 72 hours of having unprotected sex. This is not a long-term solution for birth control but at least gives you an option to correct mistakes.
You can stick this hormone releasing patch on your arm, abdomen, buttock or thighs and get birth control for one week. It releases 60% more estrogen than a pill.
Expert Advice: Anyone with risk of blood clots should avoid it.
It is always a good idea to consult a doctor who can guide you select the best birth control method based on your medical history and future plans.