Ready for some quick fire facts about 6 birth control methods?
Here are the pros and cons for a few birth control methods, but don’t forget that your healthcare provider can give you more detailed information on these methods and more. They can further help you make your decision.
IUD (Intrauterine Device):
- Pros: 99% effective, last 5-10 years
- Cons: expensive (one-time cost), needs to be inserted/removed by a doctor
- Pros: inexpensive, easily stopped, variety of types
- Cons: remembering to take it at the same time every day, doctor visits for prescriptions
- Pros: lasts for 3 years
- Cons: needs to be inserted/removed by a doctor
The Ring (Nuvaring):
- Pros: inexpensive, change once a month
- Cons: not staying in place, remembering to change, requires prescription
The Patch (Ortho-evra):
- Pros: inexpensive, change once a week
- Cons: can be visible to others, need to be sure it stays on and remember to change weekly, requires prescription
The Shot (Depo-provera):
- Pros: lasts for 3 months
- Cons: getting shots on time, can’t stop if you have side effects
Want more info? Bedsider’s Method Explorer has the nitty-gritty on these methods and others not mentioned. Check it out!