Newest Contraceptive Methods For Women
When it comes to contraception, most people think of the pill. If you’re a sexually active woman, chances are you use the pill or have in the past. However, the pill isn’t right for everyone. It can cause side effects such as depression or mood swings, and depends heavily on a person remembering to take it at the same time every day. There are several new contraceptive methods for women on the market worth taking a look into.
Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are small devices places in the uterus by a healthcare professional. These are a long-lasting, removable contraception that is over 99% effective once in place. They may stay in place for 5-10 year but can be removed at any time. Because they do not contain any hormones and do not rely on remembering to take it once a day, they are a great option for women looking for options other than the pill. Side effects include heavier periods and a small chance of infection.
Another new type of birth control is the contraceptive patch. A small patch you stick on the skin, the patch releases estrogen and progestogen which stops ovulation. Some women reported lighter and more regular periods and improved acne, but side effects could include blood clots, certain types of cancers, and mood changes or headaches and nausea.
Vaginal Ring Method
The vaginal ring is similar to an IUD. A small plastic ring is inserted into the vagina every month and releases hormones to stop ovulation. Though it can make periods lighter and more regular, you must insert it and remove it yourself every three weeks. There is a low risk of side effects such as blood clots, certain types of cancers, and mood changes or headaches and nausea. Currently in development are new types of rings that are designed to work for a year, rather than three weeks. They are not available yet but are thought to be soon.
If it’s been a while since you’ve considered your contraception choices, you may be surprised to learn that there are new options available in addition to the pill and condoms. Many women enjoy the convenience of not having to worry about remembering to take a pill every day. Contraception gives women the reproductive freedom of choice and is a great way to protect against unintended pregnancy. Each woman is different and reacts differently to contraceptive methods. It’s best to consult with an OBGYN about your individual sexual health.