How to Plan the Timing of Your Pregnancy Using These Birth Control Options

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For years, people have been using different birth control methods. Nowadays, people have the safest and most effective methods available to use.

There are wide varieties that can be used depending on what is best for yourself and your partner. To know more about the different birth control methods please feel free to browse through the options below.

We hope that after reading about the different types, we can help you decide which method is best for you.

How to Plan the Timing of Your Pregnancy Using These Birth Control Options
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Calendar Method

75% to 80% effectiveness. When you chart your cycle on a calendar and track your ovulation. For all users of the standard days method, Days 8 through 19 of every cycle are considered fertile days. Therefore, couples should avoid vaginal sex or use condoms or a diaphragm during days 8 through 19. Couples can engage in unprotected sex on days 1 through 7 at the beginning of the cycle and from day 20 until her next monthly bleeding begins.

Cervical Mucus Method

Effectiveness is too difficult to determine. It is also called the ovulation method and the Billings ovulation method. It is a type of natural family planning also known as fertility awareness-based methods. When you check the changes in your cervical mucus every day for the first part of your cycle until you’ve ovulated. Please take note that sickness or vaginal mucus can alter the mucus’ appearance.


About 82% effective. It is a barrier device that is sheath-shaped used during sex to reduce the probability of pregnancy or a sexually transmitted disease. The male condom should be rolled onto an erected penis before intercourse and works by blocking semen from entering the body of a sexual partner. Male condoms are typically made from latex and less likely from polyurethane or lamb intestine. For those with a latex allergy, a polyurethane or other synthetic version should be used.

Emergency Contraception

Also known as the “Morning-after pill”. Up to 89% effective. It must be taken within 72 hours after unprotected sex. You can use emergency contraception right away – or up to 5 days after unprotected sex – if you think your birth control failed, you didn’t use contraception, or you were made to have sex against your will.

Intrauterine Device (IUD)

More than 99% effective. It is a small, contraceptive device, often T-shaped that contains either copper or the hormone levonorgestrel, which is inserted into the uterus. They are long-acting, reversible, and the most effective kind of reversible birth control. The copper IUD has about 0.8% failure rate while the levonorgestrel IUD has a failure rate of 0.2% in the first year of use.


More than 99% effective. It is a tiny thin rod about the size of a matchstick that releases hormones into your body to prevent you from getting pregnant. It may depend on the timed release of hormones to impede ovulation or sperm development, the ability of copper to act as a natural spermicide within the uterus, or it may take effect by using a non-hormonal, physical blocking mechanism. Like other contraceptives, a contraceptive implant is designed to prevent pregnancy, but it does not protect against sexually transmitted infections.

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About 91% effective. The birth control pill is a pill taken daily that contains hormones to change the way the body works and prevent pregnancy. Hormones are chemical substances that control the operating of the body’s organs. Therefore, the hormones in the Pill control the ovaries and the uterus.

Most birth control pills are “combination pills” containing a mix of the hormones estrogen and progesterone to prevent ovulation (the release of an egg during the monthly cycle). A woman will not get pregnant if she doesn’t ovulate +because there is no egg to be fertilized.

Also, the pill works by making the mucus thick around the cervix, which makes it hard for sperm to enter the uterus and reach any eggs that may have been released. The hormones in the Pill can sometimes affect the lining of the uterus, by making it hard for an egg to attach to the wall of the uterus. Pills come in either a 21-day pack or a 28-day pack.

A hormone pill should be taken each day at about the same time for 21 days. Depending on the pack you are using, you will either stop taking birth control pills for 7 days for the 21-day pack, or you will have to take a pill that contains no hormones for 7 days, which is the 28-day pack. When a woman stops taking the pills that contain hormones, she will have her period. 28-day pack is preferred by some women because it helps them stay in the habit of taking a pill every day.

Withdrawal or Pull-Out Method

75% to 80% effectiveness. It is also called as coitus interruptus. It requires great self-control, experience, and trust, and as such, it is pretty unreliable. It works, some of the time, by taking out the penis from the vagina before you ejaculate, limiting the chances of any sperm reaching the egg.

Temperature Method

75% to 80% effectiveness. The basal body temperature method is one of the types of natural family planning. Your basal body temperature is your temperature when you’re fully at rest. Ovulation may cause a slight rise in basal body temperature.

The Shot

More than 99% effective. It is a long-acting form of progesterone, a hormone that is naturally produced in a woman’s ovaries. The shot is given as an injection in the upper arm or in the buttocks once every 3 months to protect a woman from getting pregnant. The hormone progesterone in the birth control shot generally works by avoiding ovulation–the release of an egg during the monthly cycle. A woman cannot get pregnant because there is no egg to be fertilized if a woman doesn’t ovulate.

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