The Birth Control Comparison Chart

Wed, 07/17/2013 - 14:21
Submitted by Carlin Ross

The HHS Office on Women's Health has put together a birth control comparison chart that I wish was around when I was younger.  They breakdown all your options: barrier, hormonal, knowledge-based, and long-term methods. 

The best part is that you can click on "compare" under each listing - choose up to three options - and get the breakdown on the pros and cons of each method.

I had my first abortion when I was 18 years old - I was determined that my little sister wouldn't suffer the same fate.  Not only did I school her on the different types of birth control, but I bought it for her and made sure she knew that there were "outercourse" options to intercourse. 

I'm proud to say that she had partner sex for the first time when she was 19 years old and never had an unplanned pregnancy.

Editor in Chief & Keeper of All Things Betty Dodson

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Birth Control US

Fri, 07/19/2013 - 10:05
NorthLondon Housewife (not verified)

Some things just astound me about America, astound and scare me since the UK seems to follow your lead in so many ways. Surely the basics around conception and birth control must be covered in schools as in the UK?
The UK Health Service can be criticised for many things, but it provides free access and information to birth control in every clinic in every town. I struggle to believe that the same isn't true in the most developed, the wealthiest country in the world.
I also struggle with the idea of anyone claiming that breastfeeding or withdrawel can provide upto 98% protection against pregnancy (like the website referenced). Almost the first thing the midwives in the UK say to a woman after she's given birth is NOT to rely on breastfeeding to prevent conception.