Top 4 Birth Control Methods

Having a rich full romantic life is important, and for most people that will include a sexual element. In many cases, that sexual element will be an integral part of starting a family, but those feelings are far from universal. If you or your partner are of childbearing age, having access to effective birth control is essential for protecting your emotional, physical, and sexual health. But how do you know which birth control methods are the best, and how do you gain access to the methods you need? Here are some of the best birth control options for men and women.

Condoms
Sometimes the best forms of birth control are also the oldest. Condoms have been around for hundreds of years, and this time-tested pregnancy prevention method has been used successfully ever since.

One of the biggest advantages of condoms as a birth control method is that these simple barriers can do double duty. Condoms are highly effective at preventing unwanted pregnancy, especially when used with spermicidal gels, but they can also prevent the transmission of sexually transmissible illnesses, a big benefit in a world where HIV, syphilis, and other serious diseases are still around.

IUDs
The intrauterine device, or IUD, is another popular form of birth control, one that provides important benefits for men and women alike. For women, an IUD provides ongoing protection from unwanted pregnancies, all without the hormonal disruptions that accompany the use of birth control pills.

IUDs also allow for greater spontaneity in the bedroom, something women and their partners are sure to appreciate. Instead of looking for a condom or taking time to insert a female form of birth control, couples can simply enjoy the moment without worrying about an unplanned pregnancy. It should be noted, however, that IUDs do not protect against HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, so using a condom can provide an extra layer of safety. Continue reading on the next page and read about more birth control options.