Birth control has always been a hot topic, but a lot of people can’t deny how important it is these days among sexually active couples. You can ask your Houston gynecologist, or just about everyone you know – nobody intentionally hopes for unexpected pregnancies. Some may be more open to the idea once it’s there, and be more than willing to have a baby despite it being much earlier than they’ve planned, but others are faced with several dilemmas, namely financial and emotional readiness to become a parent.
Nevertheless, becoming a parent or not becoming one poses responsibilities. You should always be careful with your body, whatever your plans for the future. Here are some birth control methods that you should consider:
1. Natural family planning. You observe your body and measure your ovulation time on the calendar. When you are fertile, that’s the only time you are going to have sex. This method is usually subscribed to by the church and used by women planning to start a family. It is not always accurate and you would have to work closely with your gynecologist to plot your ovulation chart.
2. Condoms. This is the most common form of contraceptive used during sexual activities. Men use these to prevent the sperm from being ejaculated inside your body, thereby decreasing the risk of getting pregnant. It is important to note, however, that these don’t always work – some condoms do break.
3. Diaphragms. These work the same function as condoms, but are used by women. You can also use a cervical cap or a contraceptive sponge. Ask your gynecologist the difference between the three and how they are used.
4. Vasectomy. This kind of surgery is performed on men, so that sperm would not be present in their semen every time they ejaculate.
5. Tubal Ligation. This is also a kind of surgery, but for women. The fallopian tubes are shut so that the eggs your body release will not be able to pass through them.
It should be noted that although there are different types of birth control available, each has its own advantages and disadvantages. If it works for one person it doesn’t necessarily mean that it works for you, so it’s important to ask your Houston gynecologist which type of birth control you should use. You may find out that some options are easier but doesn’t really mean better in the long run, while some seem weird at first but would really fit your personality and lifestyle.