In the past 50 years, contraception options for women have skyrocketed. And that’s great news. You’re not just limited to one pill or device… you can choose whatever suits you and your needs the best.
Here are the top four birth control options for Newcastle women today.
Option #1: The Pill
The pill is the most popular birth control option and for good reason. The pill marked the beginning of women’s sexual revolution, giving women the ability to control when they got pregnant.
It can also help out with painful periods and other issues. That being said, the pill is not perfect. For one, you need to take it at the same time every single day. If you miss it even once, it loses its effectiveness.
Additionally, it’s not 100% effective. There’s still a small chance you’ll get pregnant, especially if you’ve been sick, taking other medication or missed a pill. When you’re purposefully taking birth control to NOT get pregnant, the last thing you want is a positive pregnancy test.
Option #2: IUD’s
One of the newest and most effective types of birth control is the IUD (Intrauterine device). The Mirena is the only hormone-releasing IUD in Australia and is placed inside the uterus to prevent pregnancy.
The Mirena can stay in place for up to five years and is at least 99% effective.
Option #3: Implanon
This is a great convenient birth control option for women. It involves a relatively painless procedure where a rod is inserted into your arm, where you’ll totally forget it exists. Implanon is a small, flexible plastic rod containing progestogen that can last up to three years, after which it must be removed and if desired, replaced.
The implant is known to be the most effective contraception option available.
Option #4: Tubal Ligation
Unlike the other three options described above, this is a permanent form of contraception. You may have heard it referred to as having your “tubes tied”. This is when you are sure you never want a child again, and want 100% certainty that you won’t have a child.
Since it’s so permanent though, make sure to seriously think about this before deciding on it. The good news is once you have the procedure, you can rest easy knowing there will never be an accidental pregnancy.
There are many birth control options available for modern women in Newcastle. Speak to Dr John Bailey at Hunter Women’s Health to find out which contraception option is best for you.