Which birth control option is best?

There are a host of birth control options in the market today, and there’s no dearth of brands clamouring to be your best bedside partner. The question that remains, however, is which birth control option is best? Here are some options you can consider for birth control.

Spermicide

Spermicides are usually paired with other birth control options and are available as foams, gels and creams. They contain chemicals that kill sperm. They are inexpensive and easy to use. However, spermicides need to be applied 30 minutes in advance of intercourse, and are effective for an hour after application. However, they can also increase the chances of contracting STDs.

Female Condom

The female condom is a thin plastic pouch that lines the vagina and is topped by a rubber ring at its mouth, which you can use to position it into place. Though it is more pleasurable than its male counterpart, it’s not as effective as a male condom and can be rather noisy.

Diaphragm

The diaphragm is a dome made of rubber that sits inside the cervix and is usually used along with spermicide. Though it is economical, it needs to be fitted by a doctor and doesn’t shield you from STDs.

Cervical Cap

This is a smaller version of the diaphragm, but sits over the cervix rather than inside it, blocking the pathway to the uterus. This too, is usually applied with a spermicide. Like the diaphragm, it needs to be pre-fitted by a doctor.

Birth Control Sponge

A birth control sponge contains spermicide and is made of foam and can be fitted up to 24 hours in advance. The sponge is especially useful if you need an immediate birth control option, as it doesn’t take time to adjust to your body. It’s also prescription-free.

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