According to a recent study conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics, the most commonly used form of contraception (birth control) among women age 15-29 is the pill. Among women age 30-44, female sterilization is more popular. When looking at smaller age groups, the second and third most common methods vary. But, the options that appear in the top three positions regardless of age are oral contraceptives, condoms, female/male sterilization, hormonal methods (implant, patch, shot and ring), and intrauterine devices (IUD).
Clearly, American women find the above methods are effective and meet their individual needs. Nevertheless, they may not be right for you. Here are 3 contraceptives you may not have considered:
- Birth control sponge – barrier method, a foam sponge that’s inserted vaginally and works by covering the cervix, preventing sperm from entering the uterus; also releases spermicide to keep sperm from moving; can be inserted up to 24 hours before intercourse, must be worn for at least six hours past intercourse, and should not be worn for more than 30 hours
- Cervical cap – barrier method, a silicone cap that’s inserted vaginally to block sperm from entering the uterus; should be used with spermicide and lasts for up to two years
- Diaphragm – barrier method, a shallow, silicone, dome-shaped cup that’s inserted vaginally to block sperm from entering the uterus; should be used with spermicide and lasts for up to two years
For descriptions of all the most popular birth control methods, read Breaking Down Birth Control.
To learn more about how to prepare for a birth control doctor’s appointment – including what questions to ask – read the Vitals Birth Control Patient Guide.
Sources: cdc.gov and plannedparenthood.org