4 Types Of Contraception That Put Women In Charge

As a sexually active (or soon to be sexually active) woman, you may be looking for new ways to protect yourself from pregnancy. The good news is that there are quite a few options available for women who are sexually active and want to pursue a new type of contraception. One of these options might be great for you.

1. Contraceptive Injection

The injection, which may include Depo-Provera or Noristerat, can last about 8 to 13 weeks. There are a number of benefits to using the injection, especially as it is highly effective and does not require you to remember to take a pill each day. Additionally, it can reduce painful periods. On the downside, it cannot be removed once injected, so the side effects are ones you will have to deal with regardless of how bad they are. You may also forget to schedule appointments for the injection.

2. Contraceptive Implant

The contraceptive implant sits just in your arm and is placed via a type of injection. It is small, lasts a long time, and is highly effective. You don't have to think about contraception for up to three years, but you can take it out more quickly if you do decide you want to become pregnant. It has no known negative impact on fertility.

3. Intrauterine Device (IUD)

The IUD is increasingly popular, especially as it becomes more accessible and the side effects are not as intense. It used to be that the IUD was not given to women who did not have children, but today they are an option for even women who have not given birth. The IUD is effective but does require insertion, which some have labeled as painful. Fortunately, it can last for years before it needs to be removed. The IUD may have some side effects as well, but they are generally mild. 

4. Contraceptive Pill

The pill remains one of the most popular methods of contraception. The combined pill contains estrogen and progestogen and must be taken once each day, preferably in the  morning. If you experience side effects, you will not suffer from them anymore once you stop taking them, and you can switch to another type to see if you have a better reaction. With proper use, the pill is highly effective in preventing pregnancy.

Keep in mind that the only method known to block the spread of sexually transmitted infections is the condom; however, this guide focuses more on avoiding unwanted pregnancy. Still have questions about family planning and contraception? Speak with a healthcare professional about your many options.