Hormonal Birth Control - Methods

What type of birth control do you use? Did you have to try several methods before finding a satisfactory one?

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Types of hormonal methods of contraception

There are several different hormonal methods of birth control. The differences among them involve

  • the type of hormone,
  • the amount of hormone, and
  • the way the hormone enters a woman's body.

The hormones can be estrogen and/or progesterone. These hormones may be taken orally (taken by mouth), implanted into body tissue, injected under the skin, absorbed from a patch on the skin, or placed in the vagina. The mode of delivery determines whether the hormonal exposure is continuous or intermittent.

The different hormonal types of birth control are comparable in that they are all highly effective and all are reversible. However, none of the hormonal methods of birth control protect a woman against sexually transmitted infections.

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