Hormonal Methods of Birth Control Directory
With so many types of birth control methods, choosing the right one can be a daunting task. Hormonal methods of birth control, such as the pill, the patch, vaginal rings, and implants, use estrogen and/or progestin to prevent pregnancy, and in some cases help with painful menstruation, PMDD, heavy bleeding, and more. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how hormonal birth control methods work, the pros and cons of using them, and much more.
Depo-Provera (Birth Control Shot)
Hate having to take birth control pills? The Depo-Provera birth control shot may be a good alternative for you. Learn more about the pros, cons, and effectiveness of the Depo-Provera shot at WebMD.
Birth Control Pills
An overview of birth control pills and how they're used to prevent pregnancy.
What Is the Cervical Shield?
WebMD describes the cervical shield method of birth control, how it works, effectiveness and side effects.
Birth Control Patch
The birth control patch works by delivering pregnancy-blocking hormones through your skin. Learn the pros and cons of these transdermal patches and whether they are right for you.
A Pill Is Born
From a molecule that looks promising, to a new medicine on your shelf – the process typically takes years and involves researchers, drug companies, government bureaucrats, human subjects … and a few good rats.
Birth Control Pills That Reduce Monthly Menstruation and Periods
The newest birth control pills suppress women's menstrual cycles. But is this wise?
Stop Your Periods With Continuous Birth Control
Birth control doesn’t just prevent pregnancy. It can also help with your periods. Find out which ones stop or lighten them.
Covering Birth Control
Health insurance plans usually provide coverage for drugs like Viagra, but not birth control pills.