There are several ways to protect oneself from unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS. It is important to know all of the different forms of contraception and what they protect against, to be able to make informed decisions on which method to use.
Two major contraceptive methods exist: hormonal and non-hormonal. Hormonal methods alter a woman’s hormonal cycle to prevent fertilization. These include birth control pills, patches, Nuva-Ring, Mirena IUD, and Depo-Provera injections. Non-hormonal methods physically prevent sperm from swimming into the uterus and fertilizing the woman’s egg. These methods include condoms and IUDs.
Taking into consideration all of your risks, your lifestyle, and contraindications, Dr. Selitsky will help you to choose the best contraceptive method for you.