Birth control is very important to most people, so we will see how effective birth control methods are. The use of birth control methods is conducted by those who do not want to have more children or by younger couples who are not sure that they want to have kids at this point in their lives. Life is something that people tend to plan and some would like to exclude children from the plan for some time. But in the past, there have been a lot of cases in which birth control methods were used and the women became pregnant despite them. Cases such as this raise doubt regarding the effectiveness of the birth control methods and we will try to explain just how effective they really are. Abstinence from sex is definitely the most effective way of birth control, but this may be a problem for most people. Also, the usage of the birth control methods largely impacts the effectiveness of the method, and this is one of the most common reasons why birth control has proven inefficient. In the following text, we will talk about several types of birth control and their effectiveness.
Birth Control Pills
These pills have estrogen and progesterone hormones and they are the most used method for birth control. There are packs with 28 or 21 pills and they need to be taken daily. There are 3 ways in which they can prevent pregnancy and they are fertilization prevention, stopping the ovulation and thickening of the cervical mucus, which prevents fertilization of eggs. The percentage of the effectiveness of this type of birth control ranges from 92 to 99.7%, while improper use of pills is the most common reason for ineffectiveness. Also, people just forget to take the pill and they may prove ineffective if only one day is skipped. Some say that taking antibiotics along with birth control pills diminishes their effectiveness, but this depends on the type of antibiotics used. Some of the problematic types are penicillin, ampicillin and rifampin.
A cheap and ubiquitous birth control method is the simple condoms, which prevent pregnancy and the transfer of sexually transmitted diseases. They have to be used properly in order to be effective. If used properly, in 98% of chances women will not get pregnant, but there are 85% of woman who will get pregnant if the condom is not used properly. The effectiveness of female condoms ranges from 79 to 95%, while male condoms are a bit more efficient.
Birth Control Shot
The uterine lining and ovulation can be avoided with the use of this method, which involves taking a progestin. This is a hormone that lasts approximately for 12 weeks. Taking shots needs to be regular in order for the method to be effective. Some medications can hamper the effectiveness, but it is generally an effective approach. It has 97% chances of preventing the pregnancy if it used properly. Also you should know that chances for pregnancy after sex during the period are very small. This is, of course, associated with sex while using some of the birth control methods stated.