Birth Control

Birth Control is your choice because you and often, your partner, will have to live with the consequences of a pregnancy, a birth, or, sometimes, an abortion or still born baby. Not every instance of sex results in pregnancy but many might, so, throughout human history, we have been trying to keep that pleasure of sex and minimize the sometime consequences of sexual intercourse.

These attempts have had many versions. Crocodile or elephant dung. Chastity belts. Drinking poisonous compounds; as recently as WW2, some women wanted to work with lead in the hopes that it would make them infertile. That didn't work but lead can result in multiple organ failure as a start. Condoms? Some form of those have been around as far back as 3000 B.C.- things like goat or fish bladders, sheep intestines, linen have been documented. How about a little magic, using mule's earwax and weasel testicle? Want more taste of bizarre attempts to control human reproduction on a personal level? These examples and more  were found at WebMd.

Fortunately we now know more about human reproduction and what is likely to work as "contraception", (against conception). Contraception today consists of many hormonal treatments to fool a female body into not releasing an egg, as well as "barrier methods" like the popular and easy to find condom, that attempt to place a barrier between sperm and an egg. Almost none of these is 100% effective and some do nothing or little to prevent transmitting certain infections in, in the case of pubic lice, infestations. But having sex, how much to have and what you are OK with doing must be your personal choice. And if you have a partner for it, they must be OK with it all too. So, choice of birth control is also personal and should be OK with partners.

Information in this section is very general; often you will be best off to ask a medical person, especially if you are female; age, diet, medical conditions may all have an effect on your menstrual cycle, affecting fertility.

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Birth Control Patch, Ortho Evra
Information here is general in nature. Over time information may get changed, contradicted or added to. You should always consult a medical practitioner or pharmacist for up to date and comprehensive information.

Ortho Evra , or "the Patch".
Approximate effectiveness: 98-99%

No protection against STD

Can be made ineffective by antibiotic use; consult your doctor or pharmacists if you are taking antibiotics

The Patch works in a way similar to the Pill, that is, it slowly releases hormones which trick the woman's body into not releasing an egg from her ovaries. The patch stays on even if she goes swimming or exercising. She wears a patch, applied to her stomach, upper arm, back, chest, or buttock, for one week then discards it. She does this for three weeks in a row, then skips one week.

The Patch has pretty much the same side effects as the Pill. While the female doesn't have to remember a pill nearly every day, she does have to remember to change the Patch every week. She also must get a prescription, and, like the Pill, the Patch does not protect against STDs. Also like the Pill, she cannot rely on it for the first month-she should use a backup method like a condom. And, like with the Pill, females who smoke, or are over 35 should not use the Patch. (Quitting smoking will help you in other ways too naturally!) There may be other side effects and/or risks. That's why you have to get a prescription from a doctor or clinic.