Hormonal Birth Control


12 Types of Birth Control

Here are 12 of the most common birth control methods, and why you should or shouldn’t try them.   View slideshow

Pills, Rings, Patches, Shots: What's New in Hormonal Birth Control

Find a "method of delivery" that works best for you
What's new in hormonal birth control is that there are so many different ways to get the stuff into your body. This is great news for women because it gives you the opportunity to find a "method of delivery," as the docs call it, that works best for you, your body, and your lifestyle.  Read More

The Patch: For Women Who Won't Take the Pill Every Day (and Know the Extra Risk)

Ortho Evra, approved by the FDA in 2001, is a beige patch about the size of a matchbook that you attach to the skin of your outer arm, upper torso (but not on your breasts), abdomen, or buttock, and forget about for a week. You apply a new patch every week for three weeks, and then take a week off to have your period.  Read More

The Ring Delivers Hormones Gradually; Then You Take It Out

The NuvaRing is a flexible plastic ring, approved by the FDA in 2001, that delivers estrogen and progestin (like the Pill). It looks a lot like one of those glow-in-the-dark bracelets you get at stadium events and fairs. You place the ring in your vagina and leave it there for three weeks, then remove it for a week to allow your period to go through its normal cycle.  Read More

The Continuous Pill Means Fewer Periods

Seasonale, the "extended cycle" pill approved in 2003, gives you only four periods a year. Lybrel, the continuous-use, "no period" pill, was approved in 2007. They work the same as regular birth control pills by preventing ovulation.  Read More