Birth Control: Which Type is Right for You?

Birth control, for many women, is an active component of their daily lives. Whether it is used as a contraceptive or as a means to address other bodily issues (for example skin conditions), it can be difficult to determine which type of birth control is best for you and your body. Always consult with your physician prior to beginning any type of medication, and he sure to inquire about any questions or concerns you may have in regards to a specific product.

There are three main categories of birth control: the pill, hormonal IUDs and copper IUDs. The pill is an oral contraceptive while IUDs are inserted directly into the body, and both types present positives and negatives when considering the impact they have on your body.

The pill and hormonal IUDs both contain (spoiler alert) hormones, and this can be interpreted as either beneficial or malevolent by users. Copper IUDs are unique in the sense that they do not contain any hormones, however they can result in severe menstrual pain and heavy bleeding. Hormonal birth control methods typically decrease period cramping and reduce menstrual flow, though the heightened levels of hormones that enter the body from hormonal birth control methods can trigger issues as well, for example mood swings, weight gain and fatigue. IUDs, once inserted, remain active in the body for up to five year whereas the pill has to be taken daily in a time-conscious manner. After stopping the pill hormone levels remain escalated in the body for roughly one to two months whereas an IUD can be removed from the body whenever without prolonged bodily exposure to hormones.

Whatever your preference, do your research in order to come to a better understanding of what option works best for you. Keep in mind that birth control of any method does not protect you from STIs and is not 100% effective in terms of preventing pregnancy. Birth control is a serious matter and furthermore commitment and is therefore deserving of a thoughtful conversation between yourself and your doctor.

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