Sexual spontaneity. Does the method require interrupting sexual intercourse, such as to put on a condom or insert spermicide? Do the partners need to make sure that the method is always available whenever sex may occur, as with condoms and diaphragms? Do partners need to use the method at each act of sexual intercourse?
Schedule. Does the method require remembering to take a pill daily, such as with birth control pills, or scheduling regular visits to a health professional, such as with the birth control shot?
Birth control pills may be convenient for women who are able to remember to take a pill daily. The pill does not have to be taken at the time of sexual activity, which may allow for spontaneity. Also, with certain pills you can have fewer or no periods.
Barrier methods-such as spermicide with condoms, the cervical cap, and the diaphragm-require that couples have the methods readily available and have them in place just before having sexual intercourse.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerFemi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as ofJuly 18, 2014
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