There are so many different forms of birth control, it is difficult to say which is most dangerous. If by dangerous you mean which is least effective, then the “withdrawal” method is the one to stay away from. As far as danger to your health goes, most methods only are associated with relatively mild side effects. Birth control forms such as hormonal implants or intra-uterine devices, however, seem to have the potential for the most complication.
Here is a list of many forms of birth control and their pros and cons.
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First of all, here is a comprehensive list of all the known birth control methods. Most of the methods themselves can be divided into two categories: Barrier Methods and hormonal methods.
1. The most useful form and least dangerous is abstinence, which means to abstain from sexual intercourse all together.
2. Barrier Methods of birth control include the male and female condom, spermicides, diaphragm, contraceptive sponge, and the cervical cap,
3. Hormonal Methods of birth control are used by the female. They include the birth control pill, The Depo-provera shot, Lunelle (an injection that prevents pregnancy for one month), An Intra-Uterine Device, or I.U.D, The Nuva Ring, and the Ortho Evra birth control patch.
4. Sterilization, which most commonly include a tubal ligation for females and a vasectomy for males.
Each type of birth control method (except for abstinence), poses some risk. For example, the birth control pill has been associated with blood clots, strokes and other dangerous side effects because it introduces additional hormones into the body. Birth control methods that involve invasive surgery such as tubal ligations always carry a risk of blood loss and anesthesia is always a risky undertaking.
Deciding which form of birth control is most dangerous depends upon many personal factors- does one think that that altering one’s hormones and monthly bodily functions is dangerous? The Pill interacts with each woman’s body chemistry differently and that is a dangerous thing. Women who smoke and are over the age of 35 have a higher risk of vascular complications from the pill; which seems very dangerous. However, the next person may think that surgery is much more dangerous.
The best answer to the question posed here is that most forms of birth control pose some danger, but the two most dangerous include the hormonal forms of birth control as well as sterilization. Before undertaking any birth control method, one should always research the risks and weigh the pros and cons with a doctor or nurse practitioner before use.
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