You can use various methods of birth control options like: Pregnancy prevention, family planning, fertility control, contraception, etc.
If you are a sexually active woman, you can choose from various number of methods in order to reduce the chances of becoming pregnant.
Any birth control method available today offers you ample protection against various sexually transmitted diseases.
You will find various hormonal birth control methods. The only difference that you can find is:
- The kind of hormone that you choose
- The amount of hormone level
- The method through which the hormone enters into your body
The hormone can be progesterone or estrogen. You can take these hormones orally, implanted into your body’s tissue, located in the vagina, injected into your skin, or the hormones can also be absorbed from a patch of the skin.
Different hormonal birth control methods:
Hormonal birth control method – Oral contraceptives
Oral contraceptives like pills are prepared from synthetic hormones. Pills are considered to be 97-99% effective. You will find two types of birth control pills, one is the combination pill and the other is the mini pill.
Combination pill: This type of pill contains the hormones estrogen and a type of progesterone called progestin. When you take this pill, the egg in your ovaries does not mature and finally you can not ovulate. There are 21 and 28 day packs available for combination pill.
Mini pills: These pills are made of only one hormone called progesterone. This hormone thickens your cervical mucus, so it will be very difficult for the sperm to enter into the cervix. Also, it makes the uterus lining less approachable to the implantation of fertilized egg.
This type of pill is suggested for those, who are not able to take estrogen hormone. Mainly it is suggested for the women who have not any adverse effects on breastfeeding. You need to take the pill each day and also at the same time.
If you experience any side effects when you take the pill like: chest pain, abdominal pain, leg cramps, swelling in the legs, leg pain, shortness of breathe, headache, blurred vision, loss of vision, or flashing lights, and coughing with blood, then you need to ask your doctor about the pills to continue or not.
You can also experience various benefits by taking the pills. Both of these pills help to regulate your menstrual cycle and lessen your menstrual flow and also menstrual cramps.
Hormonal birth control method – Injected contraceptives
Through injections, you can find two methods of birth control. One is Depo-Provera and the other is Lunelle. It is a medroxyprogesterone and is a long acting type of progesterone. The pill is same as the mini pill and it doesn’t contain the hormone progesterone.
Lunelle is a combination of estrogen and progesterone. It can be taken once in a month. This birth control option prevents the ability of a woman to ovulate. This also prevents the sperm from entering into the cervix.
Hormonal birth control method – Contraceptive patch
The patch offers you a contraceptive through your skin. Also, this method is termed as transdermal delivery system. The patch can be in half a dollar size. You can wear this on your arm, buttocks and abdomen.
You can wear the patch for a week and after that replace it with a new one. The patch also works effective in preventing your pregnancy same as the pill.
Hormonal birth control method – Vaginal ring
This is in the form of ring which contains a female hormone called estradiol. You can keep this for 3 weeks continuously and then remove it for 1 week in order to allow menstruation.
Depending on your requirements, you can follow any type of hormonal birth control method.