Bringing a child into the world is a big responsibility, and many couples decide that they want to wait to have children. Many couples decide that they want to wait in order to be in a better financial position for their kids. No matter what the reason to postpone children, you have a couple different options when it comes to contraceptives. Some couples decide that a condom is the best choice, while others feel that it can take away from the intimacy. There are also many different types of birth control for women, but there are many different options. This article is going to outline a few different birth control methods for women, and some of the benefits of each method.
The odds are that you have heard of birth control pills, but you may not know what they do exactly. When it comes to birth control pills you are going to have two main choices: combination pills or mini-pills. These pills contain estrogen and progestin. A combination pill is going to be a birth control pill that stops pregnancy by suppressing ovulation thinning the lining of the uterus, and thickening cervical mucus. These make it hard for an egg to drop, attach, and then also makes it hard for sperm to move. A mini pill will contain only progestin and prevent pregnancy by thickening your cervical mucus and thinning the lining of the uterus. Talk to your doctor to find the pill that is right for you.
Contraceptive Vaginal Ring
The ring is something that is becoming more popular, and is a very effective birth control method. The ring is a clear 5 cm ring that is placed in the vagina the first day of your period. It is important to realize that it does not matter where the ring is, and is completely up to you. The ring is going to act very similar to a combination pill. It secretes estrogen and progestin to suppress ovulation, thin the lining of the uterus, and thicken cervical mucus.
The Today Sponge
If you are planning to have intercourse and have not been on a pill or do not have a vaginal ring, you may want to look into the today sponge. It is a two inch sponge that is inserted into the vagina, and contains spermicide to immobilize the sperm from traveling to the egg. The sponge also blocks the cervix completely to ensure that no sperm enters the uterus.