Sunday, February 7, 2010

Birth Control Methods - From Dr. Joycelyn Elders

The two major methods of birth control are barrier (male and female condoms, cervical cap and diaphragm) and hormonal (birth control pill, patch, ring, shot, hormonal IUD). The best primary form of birth control is the male condom, because it protects you from pregnancy as well as certain sexually transmitted diseases. This is readily available, no prescription needed, has no side effects, no pre-planning necessary and it is very effective when used correctly every time. Hormonal methods are also very effective. However, they must be taken every day, require a prescription from a physician are associated with side effects in some people (weight gain, skin changes, hair growth in new places, menstrual changes, mood changes, increased risk of blood clots, stroke and heart attacks, and offer no protection against sexually transmitted disease). The weight gain with birth control pills can amount to thirteen pounds over four years.

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