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7 Popular Birth Control Options for Women

There are many types of contraceptive options available for women. Any type of birth control option used by women is going to have an upside and a downside that goes along with it. 

If you want to plan the time that you start a family, you will want a method that is easy to stop using at any time. If you want to avoid having a family, then you will want birth control that gives you the safest, most effective choice.

When you are deciding which birth control is best for you, consider the most important features – the effectiveness of the method and how this method can possibly affect your health.

Here are some popular options:

Oral Contraceptive

One of the most popular methods of birth control works in relation to a woman’s monthly menstrual cycle and even helps regulate the cycle. That method is oral contraceptives. These prevent pregnancy by not allowing eggs to leave the ovaries.

This is one of the most effective methods of birth control. The pill can both increase the risks associated with some cancers as well as decrease the risk associated with other cancers. Knowing your family health history is important before deciding to use oral contraceptives.


Another method that is popular is the patch. Using the patch is a wear it and forget it method because you don’t have to remember to take pills. The patch is used three times a month in order to prevent pregnancy. However, it doesn’t protect against diseases transmitted through sex.

Hormone Shot

For women who prefer to deal with birth control methods even less often, there is a hormone shot that has the same effect of the once a day contraceptive pill. This method is used four times a year.

Vaginal Ring

Some birth control methods are internal contraceptive methods. One of these is the vaginal ring. This method is used for twenty-one days with a week off in between three week periods.

Condom for Women

Another internal contraceptive method is a condom made for women. These condoms are put in place before intimacy. While they are an effective birth control option and do protect against sexual diseases, some women find that they are not as comfortable to use as taking the pill or using the patch.


Using a diaphragm can also help prevent an unplanned pregnancy. With this type of birth control method, you will also have to use a spermicide. Some methods come readymade with spermicide, like the sponge. This contraceptive can be used well in advance of intimacy and has to stay inside the vagina for several hours to make sure the spermicide has been effective.


Some methods, like an intrauterine device, can be implanted by your doctor and the time period between changing an IUD can range from once a year to several years.

Birth control s a personal choice, but as a woman, you need to take matters into your own hands and not rely on your partner for protection.

I have been a professional nanny working with children of all ages for over 15 years. My work has taken me all over the globe and I have had many amazing adventures with the families that I have worked with, all of which has taught me a great deal about how to make parenting less stressful.

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