Just gave birth? Postpone your monthly stays? With or without hormones? Or do you finally want to get rid of that hormonal migraine? Do the test to determine which contraception is right for you.
Every (women‘s) body is different. It is therefore no more than normal that we also have other needs in terms of contraception. But nowadays there is so much choice, that it is difficult to determine what really suits you now.
The male condom is a contraceptive without hormones that protect against both pregnancy and STDs. You do have to think about it at the start of the free party.
The copper coil is also hormone-free. This is placed in the uterus and will not only inhibit the functioning of sperm cell, but also prevent implantation. The copper coil needs to be replaced every five years. It is important to know that it is difficult to predict when and if you will still be menstruating.
The best-known hormonal contraception is undoubtedly the combined pill. It owes its name to the combination of progestin and oestrogen. You must remember to take the pill every day (except during your stop week). Don’t you want your rules once a week? Then you can go through the pill.
Another pill is the mini pill or oestrogen-free pill. This contains only progestin and you have to take it continuously (so no stop week). In many women, menstruation remains off, although you keep in mind that it may happen that you do get bleeding. This pill is safe when you are breastfeeding, but you should always take them at the same time, making it less suitable if you are forgetful.
The prick pill is in fact not a pill but an injection. Four times a year you go for a shot, and then ovulation is inhibited for 3 months. This pill contains only progestin. In most women, menstruation continues.
You no longer have to think about anything with the hormone coil or the hormone stick. Both contain only progestogen and you need to replace every 3 (or 5 in the case of a Mirena or Kyleneas spiral). In most cases, the monthly periods remain completely out. The main difference is that the rod is placed in the arm while the IUD is in the womb.
The hormone patch and monthly ring both work on the basis of progestin and oestrogen. At the ring, these are delivered into the blood via the vaginal wall, while the plaster releases active substances via the skin.