The goal of birth control is to prevent pregnancy. You can choose from a variety of methods, each with its own benefits and possible side effects. When selecting a method, consider the level of effectiveness as well as possible side effects and symptoms. Some methods offer health benefits, such as lighter and more regular menstrual periods, acne treatment and reduced risks of some types of cancer. Others help to protect you against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Here is a summary of the most and least effective birth control methods currently available. At Lee Gynecology, Dr. Michael J. Lee will guide you through birth control options that best meet your unique needs.
These birth control methods result in less than one pregnancy per 100 women (<1% pregnancy rate) using it within a year:
These birth control methods are 88% to 94% effective.
These birth control methods result in 18 or more (>18% pregnancy rate) pregnancies per 100 women within a year.
These birth control methods result in 24 or more (>24% pregnancy rate) pregnancies per 100 women within a year.
Dr Lee will carefully explain the differences in a way that makes sense to you.
…And don’t worry. We won’t limit the number of medical issues you can bring for evaluation at your appointment.