• Doctor David Moore

Contraceptive Options

Updated: Sep 30, 2019


There are many Contraceptive Options! Have you heard of all of these:

o Implant

- Success Rate: 90%

- Pros: Get it and forget it for up to three years. Can be removed early by a doctor.

- Cons: Does not prevent STDs.

- Covered by most insurances. Co-Pay or Deductibles may apply.

o Patch

- Success Rate: 91%

- Pros: Affordable, effective and convenient. Has other health benefits as well.

- Cons: Does not prevent STDs. Must be changed on schedule.

- Covered by most insurances. Co-Pay or Deductibles may apply.

o Pill

- Success Rate: 91%

- Pros: Affordable and simple. Has health benefits. Very effective.

- Cons: Does not prevent STIs. Must be taken daily.

- Covered by most insurances. Co-Pay or Deductibles may apply.

o Shot

- Success Rate: 94%

- Pros: Get it and forget it for three months. Private and easy. Temporary.

- Cons: Does not prevent STDs. Must go to a doctor.

- Covered by most insurances. Co-Pay or Deductibles may apply.

o Sponge

- Success Rate: 76-88%

- Pros: Hormone-free. Can be used 24 hours before sex. Sold over the counter.

- Cons: Does not prevent STDs. Must be used every time. Cannot remove until six hours after sexual intercourse.

- Covered by most insurances. Co-Pay or Deductibles may apply.

o Vaginal Ring

- Success Rate: 91%

- Pros: Only think about one to two times a month. Effective all the time. Convenient.

- Cons: Does not prevent STDs. Must be changed on schedule.

- Covered by most insurances. Co-Pay or Deductibles may apply.

o Male Condom

- Success Rate: 85%

- Pros: Can use with other methods. Prevents STDs. No side effects.

- Cons: Must be used every single time.

o Cervical Cap

- Success Rate: 79%

- Pros: Hormone-free. Can be reused for a year. Can be placed beforehand.

- Cons: Does not prevent STDs. Must be used every time. Can be difficult to use without practice.

- Covered by most insurances. Co-Pay or Deductibles may apply.

o Female Condom

- Success Rate: 79%

- Pros: Prevents STIs. Hypoallergenic. Can be placed in beforehand.

- Cons: Must be used every single time. May take some time to get used to.

o IUD

- Success Rate: 99%

- Pros: Mirena & Skyla contains hormones and lasts 5 year. 10 years for Paraguard Copper. Hard to mess up. Extremely effective.

- Cons: Does not prevent STDs.

- Covered by most insurances. Co-Pay or Deductibles may apply.

o Emergency Contraceptive Pill

- Success Rate: 89-95%

- Pros: Available over the counter. Can be taken up to 120 hours after having unprotected sex. Does not terminate a pregnancy – it prevents pregnancy from occurring.

- Cons: Does not prevent STDs.

o Tubal Ligation

- Success Rate: 99%

- Pros: Effective sterilization. Hormone-free. Permanent.

- Cons: Does not prevent STDs. May be reversible.

- Covered by most insurances. Co-Pay or Deductibles may apply.

o Vasectomy

- Success Rate: 99%

- Pros: Effective sterilization. Permanent.

- Cons: Does not prevent STDs. Permanent. May be reversible.

- Covered by most insurances. Co-Pay or Deductibles may apply.

o Diaphragm

- Success Rate: 88%

- Pros: Hormone-free. Can be reused. Can be placed in beforehand.

- Cons: Does not prevent STDs. Must be used every time. Can be difficult to use without practice.

- Covered by most insurances. Co-Pay or Deductibles may apply.

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