By: Jovillene Datu
There are many different types of birth control in the modern world and it is a very good topic to familiarize yourself with as you get older. It’s a way to protect yourself and others. Below, we will list all of the common forms of birth control, how they are used, and their estimated effectiveness.
Birth Control Implant (99% effectiveness)
A tiny thin rod that doctors implant into your arm and last about 5 years.
IUD (99% effectiveness)
A tiny T-shaped plastic device that is put directly into the uterus that lasts 3-12 years.
Birth Control Shot (94% effectiveness)
Also known as the Depo-Provera shot (or just Depo shot) that you receive every 3 months and is only effective if you get it on time.
Vaginal Ring (91% effectiveness)
A small and flexible ring that is put into the vagina and is replaced monthly.
Birth Control Patch (91% effectiveness)
A patch that is placed on certain parts of the body and releases hormones through the skin. It must be replaced weekly.
Birth Control Pill (99% effectiveness)
Comes in a pack in which you take one a day and completely stops ovulation.
Male and Female Condoms (~85% effectiveness)
Thin and stretchy pouches that collect sperm so that it doesn’t enter the vagina and prevents STDs.
Diaphragm Birth Control (88% effectiveness)
A bendable cup that is placed in the vagina and covers the cervix during sex.
Birth Control Sponge (76-88% effectiveness)
A soft and squishy sponge that is placed in the vagina, covers the cervix, and contains spermicide.
Spermicide and Contraceptive Gel (72-86% effectiveness)
Birth control that comes in the form of a gel that is place inside the vagina before sex
Cervical Cap (71-86% effectiveness)
A soft silicone cup that is placed inside the vagina to cover the cervix.
Withdrawal (78% effectiveness)
Like I stated before, it is important for everyone to educate themselves and understand the different forms of birth control to protect themselves and others around them.