Category Archives: Contraception choices

Deciding on birth control: the birth control ring.

The birth control ring is a very reliable method of birth control.  It sits in the vagina for 3 weeks; you then remove it and you’ll have your period. Here, we’ll look at the pros and cons of using the … Continue reading

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Contraceptive choices for women going through the menopause.

There are a lot of choices when it comes to contraception and you may have used different methods at different times in your life. As you approach the menopause the chances of pregnancy reduces as your hormone levels change.  Your … Continue reading

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Deciding on birth control: The birth control patch.

The birth control patch is a fairly new form of birth control and contains hormones that are similar to those in the combined birth control Pill.  The advantage is that you don’t have to remember to take a pill every … Continue reading

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Deciding on birth control: Female sterilization. Permanent contraception for women.

Sterilization is a permanent method of birth control, so it should only be done when you and your partner are sure that you don’t want more children, or don’t want children at all. It’s a more complicated and longer operation … Continue reading

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Deciding on birth control: Vasectomy – permanent contraception for men.

Vasectomy (sometimes called ‘the snip’) is a permanent birth control method for a man.  It’s for you if you and your partner are sure that you don’t want, or don’t want any more children. In most States and countries it’s … Continue reading

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Deciding on birth control: the birth control injection.

The contraceptive injection is another very reliable use-and-forget method of birth control. It’s given once every 12 weeks or 8 weeks (depending on the brand). We’re going to look at the pros and cons for the birth control injection so … Continue reading

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Deciding on birth control: Caps and Diaphragms.

Caps and diaphragms fit over the cervix to prevent the sperm from reaching an egg.  Like condoms, they are called ‘barrier methods’ of contraception. They’re not as reliable as some other forms of birth control but have advantages that you … Continue reading

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Deciding on birth control: Natural birth control with fertility awareness.

Natural birth control, or fertility awareness, is a method that lets you listen to your body so that you know your most fertile time.  During that fertile time you abstain from sex or use other methods such as the condom … Continue reading

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Deciding on birth control: the birth control implant.

The birth control implant is another reliable fit-and-forget contraception.  The hormone coil and copper coils are other birth control methods that you don’t have to think about. The implant is about the size of a hair grip/barrette and sits under … Continue reading

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Deciding on birth control: the mini-pill.

The ‘mini-pill’, or progesterone only pill (also called the POP) is a cousin to the combined birth control pill.  It may suit some women who are unable to take the combined pill. The term ‘combined’ refers to the pill having … Continue reading

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