Hide This

FREEHER HealthToolkit

HER Health Toolkit

Sign up for EmpowHER updates and you'll receive our
FREE HER Health Toolkit

Birth Control

Get Email Updates

Resource Centers

Health Newsletter

Receive the latest and greatest in women's health and wellness from EmpowHER - for free!

Birth Control Facts

By EmpowHER December 1, 2013 - 1:41pm
Sponsored By Essure
Birth Control Facts 0 5
Facts of birth control
Lev Dolgachov/Photospin

By Stacy Lloyd
With so many types of birth control to choose from, it can be hard to determine what’s right for you. Here are some basic facts about many types of birth control.
Hormonal types include the birth control pill, shot, skin patch and vaginal ring.
The birth control pill contains estrogen and progestin. Taken daily, it prevents the ovaries from releasing an egg. The pill also causes changes in the uterine lining and cervical mucus to keep sperm from joining the egg.
Both the skin patch and vaginal ring (a thin flexible ring) release estrogen and progestin into the bloodstream to stop the ovaries from releasing eggs in most women. The patch and the vaginal ring also thicken the cervical mucus, which keeps sperm from joining the egg.
Birth control shots are shots of progestin that are given every three months. The shots will stop the ovaries from releasing eggs in most women. They also cause cervical changes to keep sperm from joining with the egg. Don’t use shots for more than two years straight, though, as they can cause temporary loss of bone density.
Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are inserted into the uterus by a doctor. The two main types of IUDs are copper and hormonal.
The copper IUD releases a small amount of copper into the uterus, which prevents sperm from reaching and fertilizing the egg. It can stay in the uterus for 5-10 years.

The hormonal IUD releases progestin into the uterus, which keeps the ovaries from releasing an egg and thickens the cervical mucus so sperm can't reach the egg. It can stay in the uterus for up to five years. If fertilization does occur, both IUDs keep the fertilized egg from implanting in the uterine lining.
Barrier methods include condoms, diaphragms, caps, shields and sponges.
The female condom, made of thin, flexible, man-made rubber, is worn inside the vagina. It can be inserted up to eight hours before having sex. Don't use it and a male condom simultaneously, however. Male condoms are made of latex, polyurethane and lambskin. Oil-based lubricants weaken condoms, causing them to tear or break.

Add a Comment3 Comments

Jennifer Martins_4

My name is Jennifer martins, from USA I never believed in love spells or magic until i met this spell caster once when i went to Africa in February this year on a business summit. I meant a man who’s name is DR.madurai he is really powerful and could help cast spells to bring back one’s gone, lost, misbehaving lover and magic money spell or spell for a good job or luck spell .I’m now happy & a living testimony cos the man i had wanted to marry left me 3 weeks before our wedding and my life was upside down cos our relationship has been on for 6years. I really loved him, but his mother was against us and he had no good paying job. So when i met this spell caster, i told him what happened and explained the situation of things to him. At first i was undecided, skeptical and doubtful, but i just gave it a try. And in 7 days when i returned to usa, my boyfriend (now husband) called me by himself and came to me apologizing that everything had been settled with his mom and family and he got a new job interview so we should get married. I didn’t believe it cos the spell caster only asked for my name and my boyfriends name and all i wanted him to do. Well we are happily married now and we are expecting our little kid, and my husband also got the new job and our lives became much better. His email is maduraitemple@yahoo.com :or call +2347067607073

December 15, 2014 - 11:48pm
EmpowHER Guest

I want to understand further the surgery-free permanent birth control. What is it called?

August 5, 2014 - 10:23am

Thanks For Nice Article..

July 2, 2014 - 11:35pm
Enter the characters shown in the image.
By submitting this form, you agree to EmpowHER's terms of service and privacy policy