May not be as effective when taken with certain medicines
May delay return of normal cycles
Pills must be taken every day.
Patches may not fully protect you from pregnancy if they are exposed to direct sun or high heat. This can release a high dose of hormone from the patch, which leaves less for the patch to release later in the week.
Patches deliver more estrogen than low-dose birth control pills do. Some research has found that women using the patch are more likely to get dangerous blood clots in the legs and lungs. The risk may be higher if you smoke or have certain health problems. Health Canada suggests that you talk to your doctor about your risks before using the patch.
Progestin-only pills, implant, or shot
No interruption of foreplay or intercourse
Fewer or no periods (especially with the shot or implant)
Reduced cramps and pain during ovulation
Shot reduces bleeding with periods, which lowers the risk of anemia
Costs several hundred dollars for insertion. (This cost may be covered by your provincial health plan or private health insurance. Some community clinics may offer insertion and removal at a reduced rate or free to low-income clients.) If the IUD is expelled, it costs just as much to get a new one. Having an IUD removed is also costly. But if an IUD is used for 5 years or longer, it is the most cost-effective form of birth control.
Only a health professional can remove the IUD. Never attempt to remove the IUD yourself or allow a partner to try to remove it.
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine Femi Olatunbosun MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology Rebecca Sue Uranga
Medical Review:Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine & Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Femi Olatunbosun MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology & Rebecca Sue Uranga
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