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June 27th, 2008, 06:29 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

Depo-Provera (injection)
- up to 99.7% effective when used properly
- one injection every 12-14 weeks
Hormone: Progesterone

Mirena IUD
- 99.9% effective when used properly
- effective for 5 years
Hormone: Progesterone

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

Implanon (implant)
- more than 99% effective
- effective for 3 years
Hormone: Progesterone

Nuva Ring (vaginal ring)
- 99% effective when used properly
- inserted once a month for 3 weeks (removed for period
Hormone: Estrogen & Progesterone

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

- 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


- effectiveness debateable
- needs to be applied to the vagina & as close to cervix as possible not longer than 1 hour before sexual intercours

Natural Family Planning Options

visit the Natural Family Planning & FAM board here on JM!

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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June 8th, 2009, 03:40 PM
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thanks for this information!
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May 13th, 2010, 05:18 PM
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Some of these links aren't working.

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August 22nd, 2010, 07:24 AM
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Is it true that if you are a *smoker* you should be on progesterone only birth control? I heard that somewhere.

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February 3rd, 2011, 10:13 AM
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My doctor told me that yes, if you are a smoker then you should be on progesterone one bc.
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July 29th, 2012, 08:21 PM
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Here is another site with excellent information on Birth control:

Birth Control
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January 9th, 2013, 12:13 AM
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just went to my 6 week PP apt today and had to do the 'birth control talk'..
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