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How to Know if You Are On The Right Birth Control

To make sure you know all of your options when considering contraception, review the list below, and then give your lady doc a call.

  1. Sterilization: 99 percent effective, whether it’s getting your tubes tied or your guy getting a vasectomy.You can even get Essure, a tiny insert that will create scar tissue blocking your fallopian tubes.
  2. IUD: Also 99 percent effective, an IUD can be inserted by your gynecologist, and will provide continuous birth control for up to 3, 5, or 12 years, depending on the brand.
  3. Implant: 99 percent effective, the implant is a thin piece of plastic about the size of a match. A doctor inserts it under your upper-arm skin. It can protect against getting pregnant for up to 3 years.
  4.  The Shot: 94 percent effective. Every three months, head to the doc for a quick injection to last you the next 12 weeks.
  5.  The Pill: 91 percent effective. Take them at the same time every day. If you miss one, no worries, just take one within the same 23-hour period, and then go back on schedule the next day. Unless it’s a progesterone-only pill.
  6. The Ring: 91 percent effective, the NuvaRing is a flexible, plastic ring you insert into your vagina. It stays in for three weeks, when you take it out for one and then insert a new one after 7 days.
  7. The Patch: 91 percent effective. Like a smoking cessation patch, you tack the small square onto your arm, stomach, or rear, and change weekly. 
  8. Plan B: 89 percent effective. Known as the morning after pill, it must be taken within 72 hours of having sex. A prescription version can be effective until up to five days later.
  9.  Sponge: 88 percent effective. Insert before sex, and you’ll have protection for up to 24 hours.
  10. Diaphragm: 88 percent effective. Combine with spermicide; insert it before sex and wait at least six hours after sex to remove it.
  11. Fertility Awareness: 88 percent effective. Use your basal temperature and cervical mucus to predict when you’ll be ovulating, and avoid the two days before and three days after.
  12. Cervical Cap: 86 percent effective. After you’re fitted for a cervical cap, you can put it in up to three hours before sex.
  13. Male condom: 82 percent effective. Put on before sex, and make sure to avoid oil-based lube if it’s a latex condom.
  14. Female Condoms: 79 percent effective. Put it in before sex, and because they’re latex-free, you won’t have an allergic reaction.
  15.  Withdrawal: 78 percent effective. It’s harder done than said, and there’s no guarantee any of the sperm that escaped pre-orgasm won’t make it there.
  16. Spermicide: 72 percent effective. It kills sperm, but is best used with other methods.

This list can seem long and confusing, so if you have any questions give us a call at 717-840-9885 or click the button below to schedule an appointment. 



Dr. Julie Drolet

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