Selecting a Birth Control Method

Selecting a method of birth control that is right for you requires accurate information, professional advice, and thoughtful consideration of your birth control goals and options. Some important considerations when selecting a birth control method are:

  • Which one is safe for you
  • Which one you will be able to use correctly and consistently
  • Which one you and your partner(s) will be comfortable using
  • Which one is affordable and easy for you to access.

The experts at Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center (Women’s Health) can help you select just the right birth control method for you and will follow up with you 3 months later to make sure you are satisfied.

Main categories of birth control:

HORMONAL CONTRACEPTION:  Includes birth control pills, the Patch (Evra), vaginal ring (NuvaRing), the Shot (Depo Provera).

NONHORMONAL CONTRACEPTION: Includes condoms (both male and female), diaphragm, FemCap and “natural” family planning or “rhythm” methods.

LONG-ACTING REVERSIBLE CONTRACEPTION:  Includes IUDs (Mirena, Skyla, Liletta, and Paragard) and Nexplanon, which can last for 3 to 10 years, depending on the method.

PERMANENT CONTRACEPTION:  Includes Essure for women and No-Scalpel Vasectomy (NSV) for men.

EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION (EC): Birth control which can be used up to 120 hours after unprotected sex to prevent a pregnancy. Also known by brand name Plan B. EC is not intended to be used in place of regular birth control.

Looking for more information on your birth control options?
Check out the interactive Select A Method feature on BeforePlay.org. Or visit Bedsider, where you can see a Side-by-Side Comparison Chart or hear people share their birth control experiences in RealStories videos.

Or make an appointment to see a Nurse Practitioner at Women’s Health. We’ll help you find a method that is right for you! Call 303-442-5160.

As you learn more about your birth control options keep in mind that at Women’s Health we see that the word “sex” can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people.  For many, “sex” describes having penis-vaginal intercourse.  For others, it means having anal intercourse, and still for others the word “sex” can mean anything from kissing, touching genitals, to oral “sex” and more. During your visit to Women’s Health, our clinicians will want to know specifically what you mean when you use the word “sex.” This way, we can provide you with the best care possible. On our website, when we use the word sex, it is up to you to think about what that means in your life and in what you are looking for from us. “Sex” can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people, but this is your sex life: take control.