Have you ever forgotten to take your birth control pill? What about trying to track down a condom and squinting in the dark to make sure it hasn’t expired? What about not having enough time to stop at the drug store to pick up a new pack of pills? And how many times, have you tried to remember the first day of your period so you can try to guestimate if you’re fertile?
Wouldn’t it be nice if we didn’t have to worry about birth control?
You know what? There are 2 options out there that can eliminate the day to day, month to month scrambling.
MirenaIUD – This is method that is great for women who’ve already had a baby. It’s good for 5 years and is over 99% effective. If a woman wants to get pregnant, once the Mirena is removed, she can start trying right away. There’s no delay.
This is a small, flexible plastic device that releases a tiny amount of a non-estrogen hormone into the uterus every day. They are easily inserted into the uterus during an office visit. I’ve been inserting Mirena for years right in my office. They’re safe and reliable, and best of all don’t interfere with your spontaneity. Breastfeeding moms can use them too, because there’s no effect on milk supply and it doesn’t transmit any hormones to the baby.
To find out more on the Mirena IUD.
NuvaRing – This is a flexible plastic ring that women can insert into their vaginas every month. It releases a tiny amount of both estrogen and progesterone and prevents ovulation. It’s also 99% effective. The NuvaRing is left in place for 3 weeks, then removed for a week, during which time, a woman will have her period. Another NuvaRing can then be inserted each month. Because the NuvaRing is so close to the uterus and ovaries, it uses much less hormones than the pill, which helps decrease side effects.
To find out more information on the NuvaRing
Here’s my post on Birth Control Options for Breastfeeding Moms.