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Birth Control; Is It Worth It?

Teenagers should know that they can control how their whole life can be just by making one decision. In 2006-2010 56% of female teens had used or was currently using a form of birth control. Most people believe the most effective birth control is being on “the pill” or using condoms. Some are also using abortion as a form of birth control. The most effective birth control method besides abstinence is “Implanon”, followed by the “IUD” and “the Shot”. Although all of these methods are proven to be effective and life threatening, the safest,easiest, smartest, and the best birth control method known to man is abstinence.

The Implanon is 99% effective and can stay in for up to three years. It is a small rod (size of a match stick) that is inserted into a woman’s arm, below the skin. Implanon releases progestin, which prevents a woman from releasing eggs and thickens the cervical mucus. Like the Implanon the IUD is also 99% effective and can stay in for up to five years. Mirena is the only company that offers a hormonal IUD. Copper T (Para Guard) has a non-hormonal IUD and can be left in for 10 years. The third most effective is “the shot” or known as Depo. This is a hormonal injection given to a woman every three months. This prevents ovulation and eventually stops women from getting their menstrual cycle (will return due to failure to take shots). (Stayteen.org)

The negative effects of birth control are and/or can be very serious. Implanon negative effects include the following:change in sex drive, discoloring or scarring of the skin over the implant, headache, and pain in the arm, nausea, sore breasts, and weight gain. Mirena’s negative effects include: not much pain, cramping for a few days, spotting and irregular between periods in the first 3–6 months. ParaGard has heavier periods and worse cramps. The negative effects for “the shot” are about the same as Implanon except “The Shot” causes hair loss on face or body , and...
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