The topic of birth control is surprisingly controversial in certain countries. This is hard to believe when one considers that we are well into the 21st century. Even in countries where it has been fully legalized, there is still a shockingly inadequate amount of information on the topic.
Women are left to sift through various websites providing equal amounts of fact and fiction. The problem is not only incorrect information but also bits and pieces that are wildly inaccurate. At the end of the day though, it is a woman’s choice. It is her body, and she should be fully equipped with all the information needed to make an informed decision.
Not all birth control methods are created equal, and not all methods are suited for every single woman. Side effects accompany each one, and they are limited in their effectiveness. The fact is that human beings are made to reproduce. It can happen very quickly, and if one wanted to avoid an unplanned pregnancy, one would need to consider a method.
The list that follows outlines various methods available and how effective they are. One should always bear in mind that abstinence is the only 100% effective method of birth control. While some methods can be very dependable, you can never be too careful, so it might be necessary to use more than one method.
18. The implant
This method falls into the hormonal category. It is completely reversible and will not affect long-term fertility. The process is relatively simple. A doctor places the implant just underneath the skin on the top of a woman’s arm. Once this small procedure has been completed, there is not much more to think about.
The small device, which closely resembles a matchstick, releases small amounts of progesterone into the bloodstream for a couple of months. This hormone travels through the blood until it reaches the reproductive system of the woman.
Here, it does two things to prevent pregnancy. First, it can prevent ovulation. This will probably not happen every month. Even if in a certain month, the hormone is not able to prevent ovulation altogether and has another mechanism to prevent pregnancy.
Progesterone also thickens the mucus of the cervix. This thickening means that it is far more difficult for the sperm to make its way to the egg. This method of birth control is very effective but, as stated, it is hormonal and therefore not suited for women who do not do well with hormonal changes.