There is nowadays a big number of contraceptive methods. People may find the choice of a method difficult. The following factors should be taken into account:
• Effectiveness of the method
• Simplicity of use, Is it required at the time of intercourse ?
• Is it used by the male or female partner?
• Age, previous pregnancies, etc
• Medical factors: diseases, smoke, weight, blood pressure, family history, etc....
Commonly a couple will use more than a method during a reproductive life, changing the method to suit changing circumstances, e.g.:
First, the combined pill to delay onset of childbearing
Then, the IUD or coil to space the birth of siblings.
Finally using sterilization when the family is complete.
Effectiveness (provided the method is used adequately):
Female or male sterilization
Combined pill - “the pill”
Highly effective around 98 %:
Progesterone only pill – “mini pill”
IUD or coil
Between 85% to 96%:
Diaphragm or cap with spermicide
Temperature – natural method (periodic abstinence)
Low –moderate effectiveness:
Condoms are the only contraceptive method offering protection against sexually transmitted disease.
Not old the methods are suitable for everybody. I will need to ask you some questions about your general health, sexual health, etc.., before I can give some advice. Eventually, you decide. “The user is the chooser.”