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- How does birth control work?
- How long does it take for birth control to begin working?
- Can you get pregnant on birth control?
- What are the different types of birth control available?
- 1. What are hormonal birth control options (including oral contraceptives pills)?
- 2. What are barrier methods of birth control (including condoms)?
- 3. What about surgical sterilization (tubal ligation or vasectomy) for birth control?
- 4. What are natural birth control options?
- 5. What is emergency contraception?
- 6. What are IUDs (intrauterine devices)?
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How long does it take for birth control to begin working?
- Some kinds of birth control start to work with the first use, such as barrier methods.
- Hormonal methods of birth control such as pills, implants, or the patch may not begin working immediately.
- Their effectiveness depends upon the time in your monthly cycle when you begin using the contraception.
- Sometimes it is recommended that women use an alternate method of contraception for the first week after beginning the pill or hormonal contraception.
Can you get pregnant on birth control?
There is no form of birth control that is 100% effective, so it is possible to get pregnant while using most types of birth control. However, many types of birth control, when used correctly, are highly effective in preventing pregnancy. For example, the birth control pill is over 99% effective in preventing pregnancy when taken correctly. For all forms of birth control it is important to have a basic understanding how they work and how to use them correctly.
What are the different types of birth control available?
Types of birth control methods include options that prevent sperm from reaching an egg, known as barrier methods; methods that prevent ovulation, and methods that prevent implantation of a fertilized egg into the uterus. Permanent methods (surgical sterilization) are also available for those who no longer desire to have children.
Types of birth control include:
Hormonal birth control methods include:
- Birth control pills
- Vaginal ring
Barrier birth control methods include:
- Cervical caps
Natural birth control methods include:
- Ovulation test kits
- Cervical mucus examination
- Tracking menstrual cycles (rhythm method)
- Intrauterine devices
- Emergency contraception "morning after" pills
- Surgical sterilization
Surgical sterilzation methods include: