Getting pregnant and having kids is one of the blessings and happiness of homes, marriages, and families, but sometimes, this is not always the case.
However, several factors may prompt the need to adopt a method of birth control, some of these factors include family planning, economical risk, health-associated risks like menstrual migraine, hormonal acne, and uterine cancer, etc.
If you’re contemplating using birth control (contraceptives), you have a list of options to pick from, and they include:
Short-acting hormonal methods: Examples include, the use of birth control pills, as well as the vaginal ring. These are considered short-acting methods because you have to use them on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.
Barrier method: Examples include, male and female condoms as well as the diaphragm cervical cap and contraceptive sponge. Also, barrier methods do not only prevent pregnancy but also Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI).
Source: Center for disease control (CDC)
Fertility awareness methods: These methods focus on knowing which days of the month you can get pregnant or fertile this is often based on basal body temperature and cervical mucus. To avoid getting pregnant, you should not have sex on or around the days you are fertile. For a woman with a shorter menstrual cycle having unprotected sex during her period would put her at risk of pregnancy.
Long-acting hormonal method: These are considered long-acting methods because the effects last for a period of three to ten Years After insertion, depending on the device, or when you have the device removed this method involves the use of copper IUD, hormonal IUD, implant, shot, ring, and others.
Ways that birth control options work
– Inactivate or damage sperm
– Thicken cervical mucus so that sperm can not easily pass through
– prevent an egg from being released each month
– prevent sperm from reaching the egg
When is the best time for you to have sex
It is important you know when is best for you to have sex as a lady, so you will have the lowest chance of pregnancy, the time a lady is most likely to get pregnant is about mid-way between her period, but sometimes, it is difficult to know the safe periods and as such can lead to accidental or unwanted pregnancy.