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June 27th, 2008, 05:29 PM
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It can be hard trying to decide what form of birth control you want to use - many forms have various possible side-effects & success rates, I hope this information & these links will help you decide what is right for you!

Hormonal Birth Control Options
****no hormonal forms of birth control protect against STI's, HIV or AIDS

The Pill
*Combined Pill
- up to 99.9% effective when used properly
- 1 pill taken at the same time each day
- 3 weeks or hormone pills, 1 week of 'sugar' or 'spacer' pills
Hormone: Estrogen & Progesterone

*Progesterone Only Pill
- up to 95% effective when used properly
- 1 pill taken at the same time each day
Hormone: Progesterone
http://www.webmd.com/sex-relationshi...h-control-pill

Depo-Provera (injection)
- up to 99.7% effective when used properly
- one injection every 12-14 weeks
Hormone: Progesterone
http://www.depo-subqprovera104.com/

Mirena IUD
- 99.9% effective when used properly
- effective for 5 years
Hormone: Progesterone
http://www.mirena-us.com/index.html?C=&c=

Ortho Evra (patch)
- 99% effective when used properly
- replace the patch once a week for 3 weeks, go one week 'patch free' when you have your period
Hormone: Estrogen & Progesterone
http://www.orthoevra.com/orthoevra/home.ht...#33;-1714702630

Implanon (implant)
- more than 99% effective
- effective for 3 years
Hormone: Progesterone
http://www.implanon.organon.com.au/home_im...non.02.2003.pdf

Nuva Ring (vaginal ring)
- 99% effective when used properly
- inserted once a month for 3 weeks (removed for period
Hormone: Estrogen & Progesterone
http://www.nuvaring.com/Consumer/index.asp


Non Hormonal Birth Control Options

Paraguard IUD
- 99.4% effective when used properly
- effective for 10 years
- no protection against STI's, HIV or AIDS
http://www.paragard.com/index.php

Condoms
- up to 97% effective when used properly
- can be used in conjunction with spermicide for extra protection
- protect against STI's, HIV & AIDS when used correctly
http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs243/en/
http://www.avert.org/usecond.htm

Spermicide

- effectiveness debateable
- needs to be applied to the vagina & as close to cervix as possible not longer than 1 hour before sexual intercours
http://www.fhi.org/en/RH/Pubs/Network/v20_...2spermicids.htm


Natural Family Planning Options

visit the Natural Family Planning & FAM board here on JM!
http://www.justmommies.com/boards/in...?showforum=403

Mucus Only Methods:
Billings Ovulation Method - http://www.woomb.org/
Creighton Model - http://www.fertilitycare.org/

Sympto-Thermal Methods:
Northwest Family Services - http://www.nwfs.org/
Couple to Couple League - http://www.ccli.org/
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