An unintended pregnancy is an unplanned pregnancy which creates distress for men and women who are not prepared for a child. This is the main reason why one uses hormonal birth control methods, as well as non-hormonal methods. There are many options for hormonal birth control available, including:

  • Pill
  • Patch
  • Shot
  • Implant
  • Vaginal ring
  • IUD (intra-uterine device)

Hormonal birth control is highly effective when used properly. However, it can cause a wide range of inconvenient or even dangerous side effects. Therefore, it is essential to do your research before selecting the method that is best for you.


1. Spotting

Also referred to as breakthrough bleeding, spotting between periods can occur in the first few months of birth control use. Although alarming, spotting is rarely a cause for concern and is most likely due to a change in hormone levels. If spotting persists beyond one week, contact your doctor and schedule a visit.


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