For most women, effective family planning is only made possible through birth control, or the contraceptive medications and devices that are designed to reduce the risk of an unplanned pregnancy. The physicians and health experts at Michigan Avenue Center for Health in Chicago know that you have a variety of methods to choose from, and they’re committed to helping you understand your options and find the one that’s best for you. If you’re in the Chicagoland area, call their South Loop office or book your appointment online today.
Understanding what your options are is the first step in choosing the birth control that fits your life. The five main categories of contraception are:
Michigan Avenue Center for Health provides several LARC options:
- ParaGard® copper IUDs, which last for up to 10 years
- Mirena® hormone-releasing IUDs, which last for up to five years
- Nexplanon® implants, which last for up to three years
Each birth control method comes with its own advantages, drawbacks, and rate of effectiveness. Your doctor at Michigan Avenue Center for Health can help you choose the right form of contraception after considering the following factors:
No matter which type of birth control you choose, its effectiveness for preventing pregnancy depends on consistent, proper use.
When used correctly, IUDs and implants are 99% effective, while hormonal birth control shots are 94% effective, and hormonal patches, vaginal rings, and birth control pills are about 91% effective.
Male and female condoms, often used in conjunction with another type of birth control for added protection, are only about 80% effective when used alone.