What Are the Most Popular Contraceptives?

There are different types of female contraception which allows you to enjoy sex with low risk of getting pregnant. Today we look at the three most common contraceptives in use.

The combined pill

This contraceptive is commonly referred to as "the pill". This pill utilizes two female hormones (Estrogen and Progesterone) to protect you from pregnancy. These two hormones prevent the ovaries from ovulating each month. They also cause the cervix to produce a thick mucus which makes it difficult for sperm to pass through it and fertilize an egg. If this is your preferred choice of contraceptive it is advised that you take a pill each day for 21 days. Take a break for a week to allow your body to release it period fluids before continuing with the pill intake.  If taken correctly this contraceptive is highly effective but results may be less than pleasing should you skip taking the pill. It has also been known to cause people to vomit and have severe diarrhea.


There are two types of condoms; the male and female.

Male condom – This type of contraceptive is the most common contraception method in use today. It is easy to use, affordable and offers the best protection against STIs such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, and HIV (protection is not guaranteed). Condoms are made of latex and one is advised to use a new condom each time you have sex.

Female condom – The female condom is just as effective as the male condom. It is easy to buy and offers protection from STIs and pregnancy (although not guaranteed). One can buy this contraceptive without a prescription although it should be noted that the female is slightly expensive than its male counterpart

The Diaphragm

This contraceptive is placed inside the vagina to prevent the sperm from getting into the uterus. Although effective from preventing pregnancy, this contraceptive doesn't protect you against STIs. The diaphragm needs to be coated with spermicide each time before sex.

You need a demonstration from a trained professional before you can use it and a prescription is needed to get one. The diaphragm needs to be inserted at least six hours before sex and it needs to be removed after 24 hours for cleaning.


Dr. Navdeep Kaur
Dr. Navdeep Kaur

Author Dr. Navdeep Kaur

SPECIALITIES: Women's Health Including Contraceptives And Hormone Management, Supervised Weight Loss, Management Of Medical Conditions, Preventive Care.