There are more birth control methods than ever before, but with that wide range of options also comes a lot of possibilities for people to mess it up and end up pregnant by accident. To ensure that doesn’t happen, we’ve compiled a few of the best tips to make certain that you don’t accidentally become pregnant or hurt yourself.
LARC stands for Long Acting Reversible Contraceptive. These contraceptives are almost fool proof and incredibly effective at preventing pregnancies. These come in two forms- implants that are placed under your skin and IUDs, which are intrauterine devices. These devices are inserted wherever they need to be and then you can just forget about having to prevent a pregnancy. There no schedule to keep, no pills to take and you can just go about your business and have nothing to worry about.
The only problem when it comes to LARCs is which one to pick. There are a few different choices, and each of them comes with its own drawbacks. Be sure to talk to your doctor about all your options and make sure you fully understand the potential side effects. Weigh the pros against the cons to determine which one would be right for you.
Morning After Pill
The pill, or morning after pill, is the most commonly used contraceptive in most countries around the world. It is about 99% guaranteed effective and it is relatively inexpensive and accessible. In some places, you will need a prescription, but your insurance may cover the cost for you if it’s not available on the health service in your country.
The problem with using the pill is that you have to keep to a schedule. You have to take the pills within a certain time period after sex and you have to continue to use them regularly. If you forget, you could become pregnant.
Our best tip for using the pill is to have it on hand. Even if you are not having intercourse regularly, if you have decided not to have a baby for a while, then having a pack of pills on your cupboard will ensure that you are prepared. That way, you won’t have to go through the hassle of visiting a pharmacy or getting the prescription necessary for the pills. You can have it ready to go when you need it.
Also, make sure you set reminders on your phone or calendar telling you when to take the pill.
While condoms are great for preventing STDs, they don’t do very much to prevent pregnancies. The way many people use them, they are only about 82% effective at preventing an unwanted pregnancy. They are so commonly used and abused that there is a lot of room for error, and if you plan to use condoms, you should have another form of birth control you are using.
Hopefully, these tips will help you stay safe and avoid a pregnancy you aren’t wanting right now. If you use these forms of birth control properly, you should not have much problems, but we had to write this because of all the people who make mistakes when it comes to this very important topic.