Three women standing together.
Home/Cycle Matters / Birth Control

Birth Control Options: The Voice of Choice

Jen on the roof terrace at Natural Cycles headquarters.

Written by Jennifer Gray

Jennifer Gray

Jennifer Gray is an award-winning writer with more than five years’ experience covering reproductive topics ranging from birth control to planning pregnancy. She is passionate about providing women with accurate information grounded in science they can use to take charge of their own health - while also dispelling myths that exist within the field of women’s health. She holds a Master of Science from the University of Edinburgh and currently lives in Ireland.

Fact checked by Jack Pearson, Medical Affairs Manager at Natural Cycles

Jack Pearson

Dr. Jack Pearson is a previously HCPC registered Embryologist with a PhD in reproductive medicine. Prior to joining Natural Cycles leading Medical Affairs, he worked for more than 10 years in a clinical setting working at some of the busiest fertility clinics in the UK. Today he spends most of his time working with experts at the world’s leading institutions to carry out important research with the vision to further the field of female health. He earned his PhD from the University of Sheffield specializing in Sperm Metabolism and currently lives in London.

There are many different birth control options available. They vary in effectiveness, ease of use and whether they contain hormones or not. Different methods can also have various side-effects - both positive and negative - and this varies from woman to woman. However, the most important thing is that they are made available so each woman can find a birth control option that best fits her. Comparing different types of birth control isn’t always easy as there are so many factors to consider. Read on to find out more about the birth control options available.

Did you enjoy reading this article?

Discover Natural Cycles° today

Featured Posts

Period & Bleeding

11 Signs your period is coming

11 min read

Period & Bleeding

What does the color of period blood mean?

9 min read

Sex & Pleasure

Different types of sex & sexual acts: Oral, anal defined

9 min read

Want to learn more about a hormone-free future?

Subscribe to our newsletter for access to our latest articles, exclusive promotions and more.

Keep reading...

Birth Control

Condoms: How to use them and how effective are they?

One of the most commonly used and widely available options, condoms are the contraceptive method of choice for many. But how effective are condoms? What’s the failure rate of condoms? And why do they fail in the first place? In this post, we’re going to look at condom effectiveness and some of the advantages and disadvantages of using condoms. We'll also touch on some other methods that are available.

12 min read

Birth Control

Non-estrogen birth control: Minipill and other non-hormonal options

Estrogen is a naturally occurring sex hormone. Among other roles, it plays an important part in puberty and reproduction. A synthetic version of this hormone is often used in birth control methods as a means to prevent pregnancy. However, some people can’t or don’t want to use birth control containing estrogen. The good news is there are a range of methods out there that don’t contain this hormone. In this article, we’ll take a look at the different types of birth control without estrogen, how they work, and why you might choose to use them.

13 min read

Birth Control

Switching birth control methods: A how-to guide

Over our fertile lifetimes, we’re likely to change birth control methods multiple times. The reasons why vary, and can be related to a lack of suitable options, or the fact our needs and preferences change over time. Switching birth control methods is an important decision, and in this article, we’ll help guide you through it by going over how to switch between methods, what to think about ahead of time, and possible side effects.

14 min read