Learn More About Birth Control

There are many types of birth control out there. If you are looking for birth control information or have questions about the different forms of birth control, LifeTalk Resource Center is here to help! Contact us to get your questions answered today.

IUD

Also known as an intrauterine device, which usually takes the form of a small T-shaped plastic device inserted into the uterus. They can be made of copper or hormones, with failure rates of 0.8% and 0.2% respectively. Side effects can include cramping and increased menstrual blood flow with copper IUDs and reduced or total cessation of menstrual flow with hormone IUDs. Both types are associated with Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. The IUD does not protect against STDs.

Birth Control Pill

Birth control pills require a strict daily intake of a pill and come in combined and progestin-only pills. The former is more closely associated with adverse side effects and the latter is typically considered more stringent with dosage times. The pill does not protect against STDs and has a 9% failure rate.

Condoms

Latex condoms are a form of birth control that is not subject to the side effects of hormonal birth control or the use of an IUD. Condoms have an 18% failure rate and research has shown that HIV and HIV-size particles can leak through the pores of a condom. Condoms are typically used with another form of birth control, although oil-based lubricants weaken condoms and can cause them to break.

Contraceptive Patch

Essentially a combined pill in patch form, the patch requires a prescription and a specific method to usage that must be followed for maximum protection. The patch has a failure rate of 0.3% with perfect use, but it is still subject to the same side effects as taking the pill. The patch does not protect against STDs

Contraceptive Injection DMPA

An injection similar to the progestin only pill, it is used only once every three months. The injection has a failure rate of 0.2% however it is linked to bone density loss and other side effects. The injection does not protect against STDs.

Emergency Contraception

It is recommended before taking the Morning After Pill or EllaOne, you speak with a medical professional. At LifeTalk, our nurse is happy to speak with you about how this type of contraceptive works and what it could mean to your health.

Remember that STDs are still fully transmissible with ALL forms of contraception. Be aware that while your use of birth control may prevent pregnancy, it will not protect you from disease.

For additional information about birth control, please call to speak with a LifeTalk staff member or nurse.