All About Birth Control
The copper IUD works primarily by preventing the sperm from reaching and fertilizing the egg, making it one of the most effective forms of birth control, with or without hormones. But because it’s hormone free, the copper IUD will not stop your body's natural menstrual cycle. When used as directed, the copper IUD has been demonstrated to be safe and effective for pregnancy prevention.
Next: Talk About Plans For Children
Some birth control methods are more long-lasting and permanent than others. Make sure your healthcare provider knows your plans about having children in the future.
Next: Set A Reminder
To make sure you take your birth control pill every day at the same time, set an alarm on your watch or cell phone.
Next: Menstrual Migraines
Some women experience "menstrual migraines" during their periods. Taking an extended-cycle birth control pill (which allows for less frequent periods) may help some women avoid menstrual migraines.
Next: Store Pills In Original Package
Store your birth control pills in their original packaging. This helps you to take them in the correct order and gives you a visual way to see if you have missed any pills.
Next: Consider An IUD
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All About Birth ControlOur expert team of doctors and pharmacists receive many questions about birth control. Many of these questions are from individuals seeking information about birth control options. The following questions deal with types of birth control and possible side effects. Click on the questions below to see the answers.
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