What Birth Control You Should Be Using Based On Your Sex Habits

January 19th 2016

Paulina Rojas

Women have a wide variety of birth control options to choose from. These range from temporary to permanent, from hormonal to non-hormonal. Not all methods are equal, so how do you choose?

Your lifestyle might have something to do with it.

Some of the most important factors to be considered when choosing birth control are ease of user, likelihood of side effects, effectiveness at preventing pregnancy, cost, and partner acceptance, Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosley, Chief Medical Officer at Planned Parenthood Federation of America told ATTN:.

“Birth control methods are not one-size-fits-all, and each woman’s situation is specific and personal,” Mosley told ATTN:.

According to the Report on Contraceptive use in U.S. published by the Guttmacher Institute in October 2015, 67 percent of women who use birth control use nonpermanent hormonal methods such as the pill, patch and vaginal ring.

Nuvaring in hand

While level of sexual activity is also an important factor, Mosley said it does not impact the effectiveness of birth control.

“It’s important to understand that how sexually active a woman is — meaning how often she has sexual encounters — doesn’t change how effective or safe a birth control method is,” Mosley told ATTN:. “If you’re on the pill, it works the same, no matter how often you have sex.”

Mosley also said that having more sexual partners increases a person’s risk of contracting STIs and recommends the use of condoms along with getting tested regularly.

According to the same Guttmacher Report about 5.7 million women rely on the male condom, making it one of the most common forms of birth control for women in their teens and 20s. Condoms are also the only method that also protect against STDs.


Medical advances relating to birth control will change the methods women choose to use.

Mosley told ATTN: that an increasing number of women are opting for long term reversible birth control methods such as the IUD and implant. Unlike the pill these methods do not require women to do something every day and can provide protection against unplanned pregnancies from anywhere between three to 12 years. Mosley explained why this is a growing birth control method option for women:

“Many women like not having to remember to take a pill every day or switch out a ring every month. Once an IUD or implant is inserted, you can pretty much just forget about it.”

According to the same report by the Guttmacher Institute, in 2012, 12 percent of women using birth control relied on these methods.

The relative ease of IUDs and implants does not mean that these methods of birth control are the best choice for every woman. Birth control is very personal and every woman should consult with her healthcare provider before making a decision on which form to choose.

“A method that’s perfect for one woman may not be right for another. The best birth control method is one that fits each woman’s needs, and those needs can change throughout her life,” Mosley told ATTN:.

In the future there might be new methods of birth control not only for women but men as well.

Men have largely been limited to condoms and vasectomies.

Earlier this month CNN published an article delving into the new technologies that might be available to men in the future, one of them being an injection which has similar effects to a vasectomy.

The injection is known as Vasalgel and is being developed by the Parsemus Foundation.

"It's a sticky gel that goes into [the tubes] and basically filters out sperm," Elaine Lissner, executive director of the foundation told CNN earlier this month.

Another product recently making headlines is the Bimek SLV — also known as the "dick click." This male contraceptive could serve as an alternative to vasectomy procedures, which involves surgically cutting and sealing the vas deferens, tubes that transport sperm from the testicles to the urethra.

Check this ATTN: video about the alternative for men:

With the flip of a switch, you can turn your sperm on/off.Read more about it here: ATTN: on Facebook.

Posted by ATTN: on Thursday, January 7, 2016