Last updated: May 15, 2008
What's new in hormonal birth control is that there are so many different ways to get the stuff into your body.
- The oral birth control pill comes in many variations now, with different kinds and ratios of hormones (estrogen and progestin).
- Then there are the hormonal methods that don't involve swallowing anything: implants, hormone-infused vaginal rings, and birth control patches.
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The longer-lasting methodsthe shots, the IUDoften have a higher success rate, because they cut out the human factor (you have to remember to take the Pill), and that keeps hormone levels more consistent.
But the idea is that now you can pick and choosewith the help of a thorough gynecologistaccording to personal preference, while weighing the risks and benefits of each against your personal medical make-up and habits.