Hormonal vs Non-Hormonal Contraceptives
Hormonal vs Non-Hormonal Contraceptives
Birth control may be one of the best inventions of the last century; it has come a long way, and in 2017 we see the introduction of the newest type of IUD – the Copper Pearl IUB device. What makes it different? Instead of a copper coil, as typically seen in the Copper-T style IUD, the device comes in three sizes, and makes use of literal copper pearls to work in the same way any other IUD would work.
IUD’s have fast become the best non-hormonal contraceptive type available to us, so we decided to compare the difference between hormonal and non-hormonal birth control methods to see what the real differences are:
Hormonal Birth Control
Firstly, what is hormonal birth control? Hormonal methods of birth control prevent eggs from being released from the ovaries, thicken cervical mucus to prevent sperm from entering the uterus, and thin the lining of the uterus to prevent implantation.
If you're considering hormonal birth control, you have many kinds to choose from: the pill, implants, the contraceptive patch, vaginal ring, and injections. In addition, there is emergency contraception—contraceptive options intended for emergency use only.
The major downfalls of hormonal birth control methods include:
· The necessity of taking medications continuously
· The cost of the medications
· Women must remember to take them regularly or use them exactly as prescribed
· A doctor’s visit and prescription are required.
· They do not protect a woman against STDs or sexually transmitted diseases
· Women must begin using hormonal contraceptives in advance before they become effective.
· For some women, hormonal preparations are associated with unpleasant side effects or increased health risks.
Non-Hormonal Birth Control
Non-hormonal birth control is available in a few options, which are effective, is used correctly, and that are affordable. Barrier methods, such as the condom, sponge, cervical cap, or diaphragm, spermicide, the copper IUD, and natural family planning are all hormone-free methods of birth control.
Many women choose not to use barrier methods such as the condo, sponge or cervical cap due to the need to fit them before intercourse, and possible allergic reactions to the material used as wel l s the spermicides present in these devices.
IUD’s have gained notoriety for their long lifespan, and lack of need for maintenance or repetition throughout the period it is fitted.
The benefits of IUD’s and IUB's are extensive:
1) IUDs and IUB's are VERY effective.
IUDs give you great, long-term protection against pregnancy — they’re more than 99% effective. They work as well as sterilization and the birth control implant. IUDs are one of the most effective methods you can get because there’s almost no way you can mess it up. You can’t forget to use it (like the pill or ring), or use it incorrectly (like condoms). IUDs are “set-it-and-forget-it” birth control.
2) IUDs and IUB's are REALLY convenient.
Once your IUD is in, you barely have to think about it — it works until it expires or you have it taken out. That means no trips to the pharmacy, no pill to take or ring to put in, and nothing you have to do before sex to prevent pregnancy. Plus you’re protected against pregnancy for 3 to 12 years, depending on what kind you get.
3) You can get pregnant after taking out an IUD.
IUDs are reversible. If you decide you want to get pregnant, you can get it removed at any time. IUDs won’t affect your fertility or make it harder to get pregnant in the future. In fact, it’s possible to get pregnant as soon as your IUD is out.
4) IUDs can make your periods better.
Hormonal IUDs can cut down on cramps and make your period way lighter. Some people totally stop getting periods at all. Hormonal IUDs can help treat people who suffer from severe cramps, really heavy periods, and anaemia.
5) The copper IUD and IUB doesn’t have hormones.
Some people prefer non-hormonal birth control, or can’t use methods with hormones because of medical problems. IUD’s are super effective at preventing pregnancy AND totally hormone free.
6) The copper IUD can be used as emergency contraception.
Typically, if you get one within 120 hours (5 days) of having unprotected sex, it’s over 99% effective against pregnancy.
h/t to plannedparenthood.org for this great info!
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