FAQs for Birth Control
There are various methods that are used to prevent unwanted pregnancy. These methods are known as birth control. The two common types of birth control measures are:
- Barrier Method
- Non- barrier Method
• What is the right method for birth control?
The birth control measure that one choose should be strictly in accordance to the overall health, if one wants children or not, number of partners, the effectiveness of each method for birth control, side effects of the birth control methods and the comfort level. To get an added protection, one must use condoms or other birth control methods. These measures prevent from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and unwanted pregnancy.
• Are the birth control methods effective?
The most effective birth control measure is sterilization. Abstinence is 100% method for birth control. Birth control pills are 99% effective. Male condoms are about 98% effective. Female condoms are 95% successful. The effectiveness depends on the way the method issued. If use properly the methods are effective.
• How to get birth control?
One can get the birth control devices from any family planning clinic, health centre and hospital. The pills cost $10 to $20 for each cycle. The cost of condoms is $0.50 to $2.00 for each condom. They are easily available at pharmacy stores. Sterilization is done by surgery. It provides permanent protection from unwanted pregnancy. It costs around $350 to $2,500.
• Is prescription required to get birth control? Where to get the prescription?
Prescription is needed to get some specific kinds of birth control. If one wants to get the pill, the patch or the shot, she would need a prescription to get them. To get the prescription, a woman would need the pelvic exam. It is important as it ensures that the body of the woman is health and could receive the birth control measure.
The other birth control measures like male as well as female condoms, spermicides, sponges, etc do not need prescription. They are easily available at any drug store.
• What are the protective measures that one must adopt while having oral sex?
Many sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are transmitted through oral sex. But, it does not mean that one should stay away from oral sex. The best way to avoid the sexually transmitted diseases while having oral sex is by using latex barrier.
• What are male condoms? How are they effective?
Male condoms are the best ways to prevent STDs and are effective birth control measure. It is a thin piece of a material that men wear on their penises. They prevent STDs and pregnancy.
A condom is made from latex, natural skin or polyurethane. If condom is used correctly, it can be 98% effective.
• What are birth control pills and how do they work?
A birth control pill carries hormones. These hormones stop the eggs from releasing. They also thicken mucus on cervix and hence, it gets difficult for sperms to reach the egg and fertilize it.
• What is withdrawal?
When the man pulls out his penis from the vagina of his partner before ejaculation, it is called as withdrawal.