The previous condom for women was noisy, like candy wrappers in a movie theater. The FC2 isn’t as loud, is FDA-approved and is not made of latex.
The FC2 is a long, clear sheet with rings at both ends. The inner ring is inserted into the vagina. The sheet covers the inside canal of the vagina. The outer ring sits comfortable on the vulva. The FC2 is lubricated. An oil- or water-based lubricant can be used with it.
The learning curve for the FC2 is a little greater than that of a male condom. Women tend to get it down after a couple tries. They can slip away to insert the condom or make that part of intimacy. Installation is on par with learning how to use tampons or menstrual cups.
Male condoms are still more popular. The female condom enables women to take infection prevention into their own hands.
The birth control pill is still the most popular. It is excellent for pregnancy prevention and has non-contraceptive benefits. It can reduce cramping and risk for some cancers. The pill regulates hormone levels.
Intrauterine devices (IUDs) can secrete hormones to prevent egg implantation. A physician must place the IUD but it is reversible. It can prevent heavy bleeding and cramping. The doctor can remove it and fertility resumes in a short window of time.
Copper IUDs don’t have hormones. They’re good for ten years and are very effective at preventing pregnancy.
There are some myths surrounding IUDs. For example, there is worry about using a tampon while having an IUD. This is not true. Additionally, modern IUDs are unlikely to cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
Nexplanon is a three-year rod implant. It secretes progesterone. It may cause erratic periods for a few months and could eliminate menstruation. It is placed inside the inner arm. This may be preferred by those who aren’t suited for daily birth control pills.
The Depo-Provera shot is a progesterone shot administered every three months. Many women complain of minimal weight gain on this form of birth control. It may eliminate periods for a while.
Tubal removal is permanent contraception. Tubal ligation was advised in the past but tubal removal reduces cancer risk in the ovaries.
Listen as Dr. Alyssa Dweck joins Dr. Pamela Peeke to discuss contraceptive choices and fertility options for women.