Advantages of Barrier Birth Control Methods

The world of birth control can be tough to figure out because there are any number of options that all do their job wonderfully — prevent pregnancy. If you’re trying to find the right solution for your birth control needs, a good place to start is to choose which approach you want to take: hormonal, natural, or barrier.

David W. Foulk, MD, and the rest of our Marion Ob/Gyn team offer a wide range of gynecological services to women in Marion, Ohio, including birth control. To help you navigate the extensive array of choices, we’ve pulled together a review of your options for barrier birth control methods.

Birth control by approach

As we mentioned, there are generally three different ways you can approach birth control:

Barrier, as the name implies, are those birth control methods that stop sperm from reaching, and fertilizing your egg.

While that objective sounds simple enough, there are many ways to go about it. To give you an idea of the different types of barrier birth control methods, the following are the most common:

There’s a good argument to be made for including more permanent birth control solutions under the barrier category, including tubal ligation and vasectomy.

Efficacy rates of barrier birth control

The next step in helping you make a decision is to research the efficacy rates of these birth control methods, which are:

With many barrier birth control methods, the efficacy rates are affected by your use of them. For example, if you opt for a cervical cap or diaphragm, you must place the devices properly and use spermicide. 

Condoms offer a range of protection, as well, because of their tendency to break, so you need to exercise caution when using this type of birth control.

Advantages of barrier birth control

Each birth control method has its pros and cons and the choice is ultimately yours to make. Our job is to provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision.

The advantages of barrier birth control methods include:

If you’re concerned about the hassle of putting your birth control in place each time you have intercourse, a copper IUD may be your best solution, and it can last up to 12 years.

As we said, birth control is a highly personal decision, and we’re here to help if you have any questions. Simply contact us by phone to set up an appointment.

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