Birth Control

Birth control, also known as contraception, is a safe and easy way to prevent pregnancy. Some birth control methods may also help protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), help with acne or are used to control heavy periods. There are many different birth control methods. Our healthcare providers can help you find the right birth control to fit your needs.

MyAlly Health provides up-to-date, medically accurate information on all birth control options. All services provided at MyAlly Health are confidential.

Many factors are taken into consideration when choosing a birth control method including, but not limited to:

  • Which options are the best at preventing pregnancy?
  • Which options are the easiest to use or the most convenient?
  • Which options help ease mensuration problems?
  • Which options prevent STIs?
  • Which options require a prescription or need to be placed by a healthcare provider?
  • Which options contain hormones?
  • Which options are discreet?

Click on the icons below to learn more about each method.

 

Birth Control | Abstinence Birth Control | Sterilization Birth Control | Implant

Abstinence

Sterilization

Implant

★★★★★
Effectiveness = Great
Will not get pregnant

★★★★★
Effectiveness = Great
Permanent Procedure

★★★★★
Effectiveness = Great
Lasts 3 Years

 

 

 



Birth Control | Vaginal Ring

IUD

Shot

Ring

★★★★★
Effectiveness = Great
Lasts 3 to 10 years

★★★★
Effectiveness = Pretty good
Every 3 months

★★★★
Effectiveness = Pretty good
Replace monthly

 

 

 

Birth Control | Patch

Patch
★★★★

Effectiveness = Pretty good
Replace weekly

Birth Control | Pills

Pills
★★★★

Effectiveness = Pretty good
Take every day

Birth Control | Emergency Contraception

Emergency Contraception
★★★★

Effectiveness = Pretty good
Emergency prevention only

Birth Control | Condoms

Condoms
★★★

Effectiveness = Decent
Use every time

 

Birth Control | Diaphragm

Diaphragm
★★★

Effectiveness = Decent
Use every time

Birth Control | Sponge

Sponge
★★★

Effectiveness = Decent
Use every time

Birth Control | Cervical CapCervical Cap
★★★

Effectiveness = Decent
Use every time
Birth Control | SpermicideSpermicide
★★★

Effectiveness = Decent
Use every time
Birth Control | Fertility Awareness MethodFertility Awareness Method
★★★

Effectiveness = Decent
Need to track daily
Birth Control | Withdrawal

Withdrawal
(Pull Out Method)
★★★

Effectiveness = Decent
Use every time

Birth Control | Breastfeeding as Birth ControlBreastfeeding
as Birth Control
★★★

Effectiveness = Decent
Feed every 4-5 hours

Disclaimer: This website is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have.

Sources:

“Contraception.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 13 Aug. 2020, www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/contraception/.

“Birth Control Methods (2021).” Bedsider. https://www.bedsider.org/methods. February 2021.