IUD. IUD stands for Intra-Uterine Device. An IUD is a piece of plastic roughly the size of ones thumb that is inserted through the cervix into the uterus. There it sits and is remarkably effective at preventing pregnancy. The way an IUD works is not fully understood but it is probably a combination of several […]
Fertility Awareness involves keeping meticulous track of ones menstrual cycle through monitoring of basal body temperature, cervical mucous and symptoms of ovulation. When done correctly it is a very effective method of pregnancy prevention but it is extremely labor intensive and requires a great amount of commitment on the part of the woman. There are […]
A Cervical cap is a small cup that fits relatively snugly over the cervix and works much the same way as the diaphragm does. A cervical cap must be fitted by a trained professional and the user must have special training to insert it properly.
Most people are familiar with condoms. Condoms are available in latex and non-latex materials. There are both male and female condoms. Male condoms are placed over the erect penis while female condoms are inserted into the vagina leaving a ring that sits outside the vagina. A flexible ring at the “tip” of the female condom […]
The progesterone injection is a popular method for women who desire a fix it and forget it Birth Control Method. “The Shot” contains a time released progesterone that lasts approximately 12 weeks in a woman’s body. For this reason the a new injection is required every 10-12 weeks. Efficacy of “the shot” is 99+% and […]
Birth Control Patch. The Birth Control Patch is a very thin patch self adhesive patch that is applied directly to a woman’s skin. The hormones(estrogen and progesterone)are absorbed through the skin(transdermally) at a controlled and constant rate while the patch is being worn. Each Patch is worn contains enough hormone to be effective for seven […]
Finally we come to permanent sterilization. These are surgical procedures done by a physician and for all intents and purposes should be considered permanent. Male sterilization is called Vasectomy and involves cutting the Vas Deferens which is the tube that carries sperm from where it is stored in the testicles to the penis during ejaculation. […]
Abstinence is the most effective method of Birth Control as well as the only way to prevent transmission of sexually transmitted infection and disease. Abstinence means not engaging in sexual intercourse.
I am placing these methods under Barrier Methods because they do work in part by creating a physical barrier in the vagina which blocks the passage of sperm into the vagina. Additionally, These methods all contain a chemical compound that kills sperm on contact. y themselves they are not effective methods for women who have […]
A Diaphragm is a latex cup with a firm flexible lip. The cup is filled with spermicidal jelly and inserted into the vagina before intercourse. A diaphragm must be fitted to a woman’s body to ensure proper positioning. The flexible rubber ring must fit between the underside of the cervix and the pubic bone at […]
Progesterone implants were formerly designed as 6 small plastic sticks that contained small amounts of progesterone to be absorbed slowly into the body over a five year period. These sticks were surgically implanted just below the skin in the upper arm during a very simple in office procedure. The implants were removed from the consumer […]
Contraceptive Vaginal Ring. “The Ring” is a flexible ring resembling a clear rubber washer made of a synthetic polymer that contains estrogen and progesterone. The ring is inserted deep into the vagina where it stays for three weeks. During that time the hormones are absorbed through the vaginal tissue into the bloodstream. After the third […]
Birth Control Pills. There are two basic types of Birth Control Pills. Those that contain both estrogen and progesterone are the most prescribed Pills and are also referred to as Combined Oral Contraceptive Pills(COCPs). Within the COCPs are several different estrogen and progesterone combinations all with essentially the same efficacy(~99% with perfect use) and the […]
Women today have more Birth Control options than ever before. Pharmaceutical companies, recognizing the various and different needs of women, are developing new products and new forms of Birth Control to meet those needs. These pages summarize the currently available Birth Control Methods and may direct you to sites where you can learn more detailed […]