Birth Control Types (Effectiveness and Side Effects) Topic Guide

Birth Control Types (Effectiveness and Side Effects) Birth Control Types (Effectiveness and Side Effects): Many different types of birth control are available. They include:
  • hormonal methods,
  • barrier methods, and
  • behavioral methods.
  • These methods offer varying degrees of effectiveness.

Side effects of birth control depends upon the method chosen. Common side effects of the birth control pill (the most common form of birth control used by women in the US) include:

  • Fluid retention
  • Breakthrough bleeding
  • Missed periods
  • Anxiety
  • Mood changes
  • Decreased sexual desire
A couple should discuss which is right for them with a medical professional before making a decision on which to use.

Birth Control Types (Effectiveness and Side Effects) Topic Guide - Visuals

Birth Control Types (Effectiveness and Side Effects) Topic Guide - Medications and Vitamins

Medications:

ethinyl estradiol and norelgestromin Ethinyl Estradiol And Norelgestromin

Ethinyl estradiol and norelgestromin contains a combination of female hormones that prevent ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary). This medicine al...learn more »

ethinyl estradiol and etonogestrel Ethinyl Estradiol And Etonogestrel

The ethinyl estradiol and etonogestrel vaginal ring contains female hormones that prevent ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary). This medicine als...learn more »

etonogestrel (implant) Etonogestrel (implant)

Etonogestrel is a hormone that prevents ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary). This medication also causes changes in your cervical mucus and uter...learn more »

drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol Drospirenone And Ethinyl Estradiol

Drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol is a combination birth control pill containing female hormones that prevent ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary...learn more »

ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel Ethinyl Estradiol And Desogestrel

Ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel is a combination birth control pill containing female hormones that prevent ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary)...learn more »

ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel (extended-cycle) Ethinyl Estradiol And Levonorgestrel (extended-cycle)

Ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel extended-cycle is a combination drug that contains female hormones that prevent ovulation (the release of an egg from an...learn more »

ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel Ethinyl Estradiol And Levonorgestrel

Ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel is a combination birth control pill containing female hormones that prevent ovulation (the release of an egg from an ova...learn more »

ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone Ethinyl Estradiol And Norethindrone

Ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone is a combination birth control pill containing female hormones that prevent ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovar...learn more »