Confused which birth control method works best for you? Check out the pros and cons of top birth control methods available to women and then pick the right one that works for you!
Hello, dear ladies!
You’ve got options. Yes, women today have more options than ever before when it comes to avoiding unwanted pregnancies. Gone are the days when you had to cross your fingers and pray for the best. Today, with advancements in medical science, you can choose from several birth control options.
With that said, here’s a minor drawback. To rephrase Spidey, – With great choices, comes great difficulties.
Choosing the right birth control method that works for you is indeed a complicated task. IUD, shots, implants, pills, barrier devices – the options are aplenty and are sure to make you feel confused and lost.
Worry not, here we analyse the different family planning methods available to women. We give you the pros and cons of each method so that you can take an informed decision.
- The Pull Out and Pray Method
Effectiveness – Not at all reliable
If you use this method for avoiding unwanted pregnancies, then you’re essentially spinning the wheel and leaving family planning in the hands of luck. Even though your partner may have pulled out before ejaculation, it doesn’t mean that you will avoid pregnancy. This is because the pre-ejaculation liquid may contain sperms that may get fertilised.
That’s plenty of “mays” in a single sentence. So, instead of leaving family planning to luck, move on to other reliable methods in this list.
Effectiveness – 85%
This is one of the most popular types of contraceptive methods used by women in India. But, the bad news – condoms aren’t that reliable. There are plenty of things that can go wrong – too small/too big, breaks, slips, tears, or worse – you forget to use a condom in the heat of the moment.
While condoms are handy to have around, especially if you don’t want to contract STIs, they don’t work all that well for avoiding unwanted pregnancies.
Effectiveness – 99%
An Intra Uterine Device (or IUD) is one of the most effective contraceptive methods. It works for a long time, usually around 3 to 5 years and is reversible.
The one major glitch – you need expert help to insert and remove it. A doctor (usually your gynaecologist) inserts the IUD into your uterus. While the process is quick, it can make you feel uncomfortable, and you may experience some pain, during both insertion and removal.
If you don’t want someone poking around your nether regions, then you can give this one a pass.
Effectiveness – 99%
This was one of the most common birth control methods in India, until a few years back. In fact, several women were forced to undergo sterilisation aka surgery due to social and economic factors.
It is a surgical procedure where a surgeon knots your fallopian tubes. It’s a permanent, non-reversible process.
If you’re planning to put off pregnancy just for a few years or space out the gap between kids, then this one isn’t for you.
5. Birth Control Pills
Effectiveness – 99%
Undoubtedly, this is one of the best and most convenient contraceptives for women. All you have to do is take a pill every day and you’re protected from unwanted pregnancies. Sounds simple, right? Yes, it is.
In this method, you take a hormonal pill that controls the functioning of your reproductive organs, thereby avoiding pregnancies.
The best part – it’s hassle-free (no prodding and poking your insides), reversible (your normal fertility is restored as soon as you stop taking the pills) and affordable.
Summing it up
Apart from these, there are several other birth control methods available for women like implants, shots, vaginal ring, patch, diaphragm, sponge, cervical cap and more. Before you choose any particular method of birth control, make sure to read up the pros and cons of each method, compare and analyse to help you pick the right one.