Cons: Besides sticking your finger all the way up your wahoo, some side effects, which usually clear up after about two to three months, include spotting, breast tenderness, nausea and vomiting. It may also cause increased vaginal discharge, irritation, or infection.
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4. The Shot (DMPA)
An injection of progestin in the arm or butt four times a year (or every three months).
Pros: It doesn't contain estrogen, which means it can be used by women who are breastfeeding. It is a more "discreet" form of birth control. It can also help prevent cancer of the lining of the uterus. Apparently, Sex Without Condoms Is More Healthy
Cons: Irregular periods is one of the most common side effects. The shot can cause spotting, the complete disappearance of your period, or longer, heavier periods. However, for most people they will have lighter, less frequent periods. In fact, after a year, 50 percent of women using the shot will stop getting their periods completely. The shot may also cause a weight gain of a few pounds a year. It may increase your risk of osteoporosis when used for longer than two years. A 2010 study linked the shot to bone loss and smokers are at an even higher risk.
5. The Patch
This small, thin patch (similar to a Band-Aid) that releases progestin and estrogen hormones into the skin. You can place it on your arm, stomach, butt or torso. A new patch is placed on the body once a week, except for the last week of the month, when you get your period.
Pros: The patch offers the same benefits as the pill without the daily hassle of remembering to take it.
Cons: The Patch has 60 percent more estrogen than the average birth control pill. Yikes! Increased estrogen exposure is linked to elevated blood-clot risk. Plus, it only comes in beige, so it will be more noticeable on non-beige skin tones. When Can You Get The Female Viagra?
6. The Implant
A thin, soft, flexible match-stick sized rod that is inserted into the skin of the upper arm by a health care professional under a local anesthetic. The rod releases the hormone, progestin for up to three years.
Pros: It doesn't contain estrogen (which means it can be used by women who are breastfeeding). It also lasts up to three years.
Cons: Irregular bleeding is one of the most common side effects. In fact, about 10 percent of women discontinued its use because of this. However, most women will have fewer and lighter periods and one third of women who use Implanon will stop having their periods completely. There's also an increased risk of clots for smokers. It also might cause acne, mood swings or slight weight gain.
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7. The IUD