Types of birth control methods available online
There are different types of prescription birth control available to women online. The most popular is the birth control pill, including combination pills with estrogen and progestin, and the progestin only pill. Some commonly used methods include:
Oral contraceptives (birth control pills)
Birth control pills include combination pills, which contain estrogen and progestin, and the progestin-only pill.
Birth control implant
Implants are small, rod-shaped devices that can last up to 5 years. The implant releases hormones to prevent pregnancy. Like IUDs, implants require a visit to the doctor's office.
IUD (intrauterine device)
IUDs are t-shaped devices that stop eggs from implanting in the uterus. They need to be professionally fitted, which requires a visit to the doctor's office. There are hormonal and non-hormonal IUDs.
Birth control shot
The depo shot is a progestin injection that you get once every 3 months. Progestin prevents pregnancy by preventing ovulation and thickening the cervical mucus. The shot is a safe, convenient, and effective method if you get it on time.
Birth control patch
The transdermal contraceptive patch releases hormones through the skin to prevent pregnancy. Like most oral contraceptives, the patch contains estrogen and progestin to stop ovulation.
The vaginal ring is a small, soft, plastic ring placed inside the vagina. It releases estrogen and progestin into the bloodstream to prevent pregnancy.
Birth control uses
Many people use contraceptives to prevent pregnancy, but hormonal birth control many offers other benefits. It can help:
•Manage acne and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
•Make periods less painful and more regular
•Lower the risk of some cancers
•Relieve endometriosis symptoms and prevent ovarian cysts
Side effects of birth control
Like all medications, birth control pills come with possible side effects. While most side effects are minor, rare but serious side effects may occur.
The minor side effects of birth control pills include:
•Spotting between periods
Serious side effects from taking birth control are very rare. They include:
•Higher blood pressure readings
•Yellowing of the skin or eyes
•Chest pain or discomfort
•Achy soreness in the leg
If you experience any serious side effects, talk to your doctor. Your doctor may recommend switching your birth control method or stopping hormonal contraception.
How to take birth control
There are two types of oral contraceptives (combination pills and progestin pills), which have slightly different use instructions.
•Combination pills: Take one pill every day. You don't have to take your pill at the same time every day, but it can help you form the habit.
•Progestin-only pills: Take one pill every day, within the same 3 hours every day, to prevent pregnancy.
What to avoid while taking birth control
Some medications and herbal remedies can interfere with the pill and its effectiveness. It's best to avoid:
•Herbal remedies, such as St. John's Wort, garlic pills, and flaxseed
If you have any birth control questions or concerns, be sure to talk to your doctor. Your doctor may recommend using backup contraception, such as condoms, to lower the risk of pregnancy.