The combination pill

This pill contains low doses of estrogen/progestin, can be used up to and through early menopause. It may help with peri-menopausal hot flashes, mood swings, irregular bleeding, and it may prevent ovarian and uterine cancers. If you suffer from migraines, if you are a smoker (especially over age 35), then this may not be a good choice of contraception.

Progestin-only Oral Contraceptive Pill

This is a great option if you can’t take estrogen-based birth control pills, due to risk of heart disease or anything else. This would also be a smart choice if you are breastfeeding your baby. The success rate is slightly lower than that of the combo pill, but paired with condoms it would be an effective use to prevent pregnancy. However, if you find yourself missing days because you forget to take the pill, a different option might be best for you.

Extended-Cycle Oral Contraceptive Pill

If you suffer from absurd pain from cramps, and hate getting your period, this pill may be the right fit for you. This pill doesn’t have a huge history, so be sure to consult with your doctor before beginning use. One brand, Seasonal and Seasonique, will give you only four periods every year. Another brand Lybrel can stop your period for a full year if you take one pill every day.

Contraceptive Implant

This small rod, inserted in the upper inside of your arm, releases progestin into your body for up to 4 years.This form of birth control can also help get painful and long periods under control. You can still get pregnant after the implant is romoved. It is just about 100% effective and the cost can range from about $400 to $800. Consult your doctor to see if this is the right form of birth control for you.

Bilateral Tubal Ligation (getting your tubes tied)

This is probably the most effective form of birth control. It might even surprise you that this procedure can be undone if you wish to have children after you get them tied. This procedure blocks your eggs from coming into your uterus by ‘tying’ off the fallopian tubes. Do not get this done if you aren’t 100% certain you don’t want any more children. For while it is reversable, it can have complications later on if undone. Make sure to consult your doctor.

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