Nowadays there is a wide variety of methods to prevent spreading of sexually infection and to control birth rate.

Pregnancy is more likely to occur in the middle of your menstrual cycle, when one of your ovaries releases the egg into the fallopian tube. This is a perfect time for fertilization.

Women often use natural methods to prevent unwanted pregnancy.

For example, you may notice that your cervical mucus becomes more thick several days before ovulation, meaning that a fertile period has started.

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Some women avoid sexual intercourses, when ovulation happens.

Others prefer to pull out penis before ejaculation.

However none of these methods is reliable enough.

Owing to a great progress in science and medicine, today we have ability to keep under the control childbirth and prevent transmission of sexually transmission disease effectively.

Like all other medicines, they may have their own advantages and disadvantages.

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Here are the most popular types of contraception and their pitfalls:

#1. Female condom – this latex tube adjusts to the inside of your private part and blocks man's sperm. This rather affordable method can prevent certain STDs. But some couples say that condoms decrease sensitivity. The bad news is also that they may rupture or cause allergic reaction.

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#2. Sponge – plastic contraceptive sponge, impregnated with spermicide, can be inserted for several intercourses in 24 hours. Besides having possible allergy to spermicide, you may also have elevated risks of getting shock syndrome, using this contraceptive method.

#3. Cervical cap – you need to fill this soft and flexible coating with spermicide before using. It's a good decision for those who are afraid of experiencing side effects of hormonal pills and patches. You can insert it into your vagina for 48 hours, but be aware that cap may be a culprit of the toxic shock syndrome or allergic reaction. Some people find it grubby to leave the cap inside the vagina for four hours after intercourse, as needed.

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#4. Implant – a plastic small stick, which contains hormone progestin and prevents ovulation, is put under the skin. It provides effectiveness up to 99% that lasts during nearly three years. But it may have some side effects like acne, weight gain and breast tenderness.

#5. Hormonal pills – there are two types of hormone-contained contraceptive pills. The combination pills consist of estrogen and progestin. They are able to prevent ovulation without being implanted into the vagina. Mini-pills are one-component medications, which contain only progestin. Using birth control pills, you need to consume a pill on time every day. Without following this rule, you can't control child birth properly.

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#6. Vaginal ring – you can place flexible ring in your private part and leave it there for three weeks to prevent pregnancy effectively. But don't forget to remove it for one week to have menses. The most common disadvantages include headaches and increased tenderness of the breasts.

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