Birth Control: Different Types & How They Work
Hormonal birth control comes in various form. The effectiveness, convenience, and side effects vary for each type, so it is essential to discuss options with a healthcare professional to find the best fit.
Types of Hormones
Two major hormones found in birth control are estrogen and progestin (a synthetic version of the natural hormone progesterone). The pill, patch and ring uses a combination of both estrogen and progestin. Women are not recommended to take synthetic estrogen if breastfeeding or have a history of blood clots. Thus, the mini pill, shot, IUD (non-copper), and arm implants are progestin-only options. This method stops ovulation, but not as consistently as in combination with estrogen. Therefore, the progestin only method leads to higher pregnancy rates.
How it Works
- Preventing ovulation. Natural hormones are shut down, so the brain no longer communicates with the ovaries on when to release an egg. Since no egg is released, ovulation does not occur and fertilization cannot happen.
- Thinning the uterine lining (endometrium). Thinning the uterine lining makes it harder for an egg to implant.
- Thickening cervical mucus. Thick cervical mucus makes it much harder for sperm to enter the uterus and reach the egg.
With the use of any type of hormonal birth control, the natural hormonal balance is altered causing a disconnection with the feminine essence. Once stopping birth control, it is important to take steps to prevent Post Birth Control Syndrome.
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