A quick overview of contraception:
The PRC does not dispense, prescribe, advocate, or refer for birth control. It’s important to be informed about the different types of birth control. Many of the risks are not routinely disclosed unless specifically asked, and may not be accurately described. The PRC can provide more detailed information about the types of birth control. Give us a call for more information!
Birth control methods have varying rates of effectiveness but may also have unintended consequences.
The Pill: can increase risk for stroke due to blood clots and high blood pressure, may cause headaches and other medical symptoms. The pill might work by preventing ovulation (release of the egg) or may prevent implantation of a blastocyst, thus causing an abortion.
IUD: some IUDs release low-dose chemicals over time, and may work in a similar manner to the pill by preventing ovulation. Others however, disrupt the uterine lining, creating a hostile environment for the blastocyst and preventing implantation, thus causing an abortion.
Barrier: these methods are supposed to prevent the sperm from entering the uterus by providing a barrier to the cervix. These barriers include diaphragms, condoms, and spermicides. These may prevent pregnancy (condoms in particular have a high failure rate) but do not provide protection against STDs.