If you are looking for a birth control method to prevent unwanted pregnancy, you have options between hormonal and non-hormonal birth control methods. However, hormonal birth control methods may not be the right choice if you have health concerns or do not want to deal with the side effects. Fortunately, Dr. Wanda Torres can help you choose the best birth control method.
Here are some non-hormonal birth control methods you may consider;
The condom is perhaps the most well-known barrier birth control method. There are both exterior (male) and internal (female) condoms to select from. When used appropriately, each variety can prevent sperm from reaching your eggs.
In addition, using condoms can help you avoid sexually transmitted diseases. However, condoms have the disadvantage of breaking; therefore, you must be careful while using them.
A birth control sponge is a circular piece of foam that you insert deep into your vaginal canal before each sexual encounter. The sponge has spermicide and seals the cervix to prevent the sperm from fertilizing the egg.
Each sponge has a soft fabric loop for easier removal. However, inserting the sponge can be challenging. You might require a lot of practice to get great at correctly inserting the sponge.
Remember to remove the sponge at least six hours after sexual intercourse.
3. Gels and spermicides
Gels and spermicides are an excellent option if you want to avoid placing gadgets inside your vaginal area. Spermicides, despite their name, do not kill sperms but repel them.
You can also use a gel that lowers the pH in your vagina, making it difficult for sperm to swim. However, you should use the gel or spermicide before having intercourse in any situation.
A diaphragm is a small, elastic cup you place into your vaginal opening to shield your cervix and prevent the sperm from accessing an egg. It is most effective when combined with spermicide.
Diaphragms are an excellent choice because you can insert one before having sex without interrupting your wonderful time. In addition, you can reuse the diaphragm.
The disadvantage of a diaphragm is that it is difficult to insert and must be carefully maintained throughout sexual intercourse. Also, it will not protect you from STIs.
5. Cervix cap
A cervical cap functions similarly to a diaphragm. It works by covering your cervix to prevent conception. However, it is narrower than a diaphragm and may be left in for longer. Since you put it in before intercourse, you don’t have to stress about it during the heat of passion.
Cervical caps, like diaphragms, can be challenging to insert. You must also ensure that the cap does not fall off your cervix during sexual intercourse. If you get an unusual discharge, irritation, or a bladder infection after using one, contact your doctor.
There are different types of non-hormonal birth control available for you. If you are unsure which non-hormonal alternative is best for you, consult your doctor. They will help you determine the best birth control method for you. Call Suncoast Women’s Care today to book an appointment for birth control methods consultation.