Birth Control Hormonal Methods
M Samra, MD
Bryan D Cowan, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Lee P Shulman, MD
Birth Control Hormonal Methods Introduction
"The pill" was introduced in the United States in 1962 and signaled a new era for women and their ability to control their fertility.
The pill remains the leading birth control method used by women younger than 30 years of age, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Longer-acting implants, injections, rings, and patches that use hormones to prevent the ovaries from releasing eggs or to create a poor environment for sperm to fertilize an egg are also available.
The ultimate decision of which birth control method to use is best made by each individual woman in consultation with her health care provider. Each method has risks, benefits, advantages, and disadvantages.
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