birth control methods are more convenient to use than
others. Consider the following when choosing a birth control method:
Permanent or longer-term methods such as
tubal ligation or
intrauterine device (IUD), the hormonal implant,
the shot, and the hormone patch or vaginal ring offer the most
convenience for many people. With these methods, you do not have to take a pill
daily, keep a birth control method handy for when you have sex, or carefully
monitor your menstrual cycle.
All users of long-term
methods who have any risk of
sexually transmitted infection (STI) exposure should use
a condom. Most spermicides contain a
chemical called nonoxynol-9, which may increase the risk of getting HIV/AIDS
from an infected partner.
Birth control pills may be convenient for women who are able to remember to take a
pill daily. The pill does not have to be taken at the time of sexual activity,
which may allow for spontaneity. Also, with certain pills you can have fewer or
Barrier methods—such as spermicide
with condoms, the cervical cap, the -shield, and the diaphragm—require that
couples have the methods readily available and have them in place just before
having sexual intercourse.
May 3, 2012
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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