The Ultimate Guide to Safer Sex - another fantastic infographic! Though I am surprised that the IUD is not listed as a birth control option... It is the MOST effective form of birth control besides abstinence. I highly recommend it. Regardless, still great info in this infographic!
IUD IUD stands for intrauterine device, a T-shaped piece of plastic that is placed inside the uterus by a doctor. The copper IUD, ParaGard, works for as long as 12 years. The hormonal IUD, Mirena, must be replaced after 5 years. Both types make it more difficult for sperm to fertilize the egg. Fewer than eight in 1,000 women get pregnant. Pros: Long-lasting, low-maintenance. Cons: Irregular or heavier periods. More expensive upfront, may slip out, may cause side effects.
Birth control pills are 99 percent effective in preventing pregnancy, research shows — but only if you remember to take them as prescribed. Rod-shaped implants, T-shaped IUDs and vaginal rings are other options.