Quiz: Which Hormonal Birth Control Best Fits You?

Find the Perfect Hormone Birth Control Method

1. Is it OK that your hormonal birth control method contains both estrogen and progestin?

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2. How often do you want to remember to take your birth control?

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3. How do you feel about getting shots?

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4. How would you feel about not having a period every month (or maybe not one at all)?

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5. Would you feel comfortable inserting your own birth control "down there"?

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6. If you could, would you like to become pregnant in the next two years?

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7. How long would you like your birth control to protect you from getting pregnant?

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9. Would you like to use a birth control method that regulates your monthly period?

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Quiz: Which Hormonal Birth Control Best Fits You?

You got: NuvaRing

I got NuvaRing. Quiz: Which Hormonal Birth Control Best Fits You?
NuvaRing. Photo © Dawn Stacey

The NuvaRing is a great hormonal birth control option for you! Available by prescription, the NuvaRing releases both estrogen and progestin directly into your vagina. It's a flexible ring, 2 inches in diameter. It’s super easy to useonce you insert NuvaRing, you don’t have to think about birth control for 3 whole weeks! Plus, it's reversible—your fertility returns right away.

Just squeeze the edges together and insert NuvaRing into your vagina (it doesn’t matter where it goes in there). Don't worry, you or your partner won't feel it during sex. It stays in place until you remove it in 3 weeks. That’s when your period comes. It’s a good alternative if the Pill makes you nauseous and offers less hormonal fluctuations than the Pill.

NuvaRing has some side effects, but is super effective (91-99.7 percent). It has some non-contraceptive benefits like regulating your period. You can also use NuvaRing to completely skip your periods. Talk to your doctorsee if NuvaRing fits into your life.

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Quiz: Which Hormonal Birth Control Best Fits You?

You got: The Patch

I got The Patch. Quiz: Which Hormonal Birth Control Best Fits You?
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The patch is a great hormonal birth control option for you! Available by prescription, the patch releases both estrogen and progestin directly into your skin. It's a beige adhesive strip that is about two inches square. It’s super easy to use—you simply stick it to your torso, arm, stomach, or butt once a week for 3 weeks, and then get your period during the fourth week. It is reversible, so your fertility returns right away

The patch is a good alternative if you don’t want to remember taking pills every day. It also offers less hormonal fluctuations than the Pill.

The patch has some side effects, and the FDA has issued a warning that the patch delivers about 60 percent more estrogen than most combo pills (this may increase your blood clot risk). But, the patch is super effective (91-99.7 percent effective). It also has some cool non-contraceptive benefits like helping with painful menstrual cramps and regulating your period. Talk to your doctorsee if the patch fits into your life.

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Quiz: Which Hormonal Birth Control Best Fits You?

You got: Combination Birth Control Pill

I got Combination Birth Control Pill. Quiz: Which Hormonal Birth Control Best Fits You?
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Combination birth control pills are a great hormonal birth control option for you! Prescription combo pills contain both estrogen and progestin in different formulations. You need to remember to take a pill each day to have pregnancy protection for a month. They work by stopping ovulation and thickening cervical mucus. The Pill is reversible—your fertility quickly returns.

Combination pills can be monophasic, biphasic, or triphasic—depending on if the hormone ratio change. After 3 weeks, there is a placebo week when you'll get your period. Combo pills have some side effects that typically go away after a few months. They are also super effective (91-99.7 percent).

Combo pills have some cool non-contraceptive benefits like helping with acne and regulating your period. You can also use combo pills to skip your periods altogether. Talk to your doctorsee if combination birth control pills fit into your life.

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Quiz: Which Hormonal Birth Control Best Fits You?

You got: Extended Cycle Birth Control Pill

I got Extended Cycle Birth Control Pill. Quiz: Which Hormonal Birth Control Best Fits You?
Extended Cycle Pills. Photo © Dawn Stacey

Extended cycle pills are a great hormonal birth control option for you! Available by prescription, extended cycle pills are combo pills that contain both estrogen and progestin in different formulations. You simply need to remember to take a pill each day to have pregnancy protection. They work by stopping ovulation and thickening cervical mucus. The Pill is reversible—your fertility will return right away.

Extended cycle pills are the newest evolution of the birth control pill. These pills contain more pills per pack-this means that they can: shorten your monthly periods, lower the frequency of your period, or completely eliminate periods. Extended cycle pills have some side effects that typically go away after a few months. They are also super effective (91-99.7 percent effective). Combo pills also have some cool non-contraceptive benefits like helping with heavy bleeding, painful periods, and regulating your period. Talk to your doctorsee if extended cycle pills fit into your life.

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Quiz: Which Hormonal Birth Control Best Fits You?

You got: Progestin-Only Birth Control Pill

I got Progestin-Only Birth Control Pill. Quiz: Which Hormonal Birth Control Best Fits You?
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Progestin-only pills are a great hormonal birth control option for you! Available by prescription, progestin-only pills, or the mini-pill,  only contain progestin. They are a good option if you can’t use estrogen-based birth control. You have to remember to take a pill every day, at the same time, to have pregnancy protection for a whole month. They mainly work by thickening your cervical mucus, but may also stop ovulation. The Pill is reversible—your fertility will return right away.

The mini-pill only comes in a 28-day pack, and all 28 pills contain progestin—there are no placebo pills. This means that you need to take one pill every day for the four week pack. Progestin-only pills tend to cause less side effects than combination pills. And, they are a little less effective (91-99.7 percent effective). You can use the mini-pill if you are breastfeeding, over 35, smoke, and/or have high blood pressure. Talk to your doctor—see if progestin-only birth control pills fit into your life.

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Quiz: Which Hormonal Birth Control Best Fits You?

You got: Nexplanon or Skyla IUD

I got Nexplanon or Skyla IUD. Quiz: Which Hormonal Birth Control Best Fits You?
Nexplanon and Skyla IUD. Photo © Dawn Stacey

The Nexplanon implant or Skyla IUD are great hormonal birth control options for you! Available by prescription, Nexplanon and Skyla slowly release progestin over a period of three years. They are good options for teens, if you’ve never had a baby, or if you can’t use estrogen-based birth control. They work mainly by thickening your cervical mucus, but may also stop ovulation. Your period may become lighter or even stop. Because of the low and steady hormone delivery, Nexplanon and Skyla may have fewer hormonal ups and downs than daily or weekly methods. They are both reversible—your fertility should return quickly. Once inserted, you don’t have to remember to do anything!

Nexplanon and Skyla must be inserted by a doctor—Nexplanon is implanted in your arm, and Skyla goes in your uterus. They must also be removed once three years are up. They are among the most effective of all birth control (99.1-99.9 percent effective). Talk to your doctor—see if Nexplanon or Skyla fit into your life.

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Quiz: Which Hormonal Birth Control Best Fits You?

You got: Mirena IUD or Kyleena IUD

I got Mirena IUD or Kyleena IUD. Quiz: Which Hormonal Birth Control Best Fits You?
Mirena and Kyleena IUD. SATURN STILLS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Mirena or Kyleena are great hormonal birth control options for you! These prescription IUDs release progestin over a period of 5 years. They are good options if you can’t use estrogen birth control. These IUDs work by impeding sperm movement, thickening cervical mucus, and may stop ovulation. Your period may become lighter or even stop. They are both reversible—your fertility should return quickly. Mirena and Kyleena must be inserted by a doctor. If you have one of these IUDs inserted within 7 days after your period starts, they offer immediate pregnancy protection. Once inserted, you don’t have to remember to do anything!

Kyleena is smaller than Mirena and easier to insert. It also has less progestin. After 5 years, they must be removed. Both IUDs are among the most effective of all birth control (99.8 percent). You can use them if you’re breastfeeding or overweight. Mirena is FDA-approved to help treat heavy bleeding. Talk to your doctor—see if Mirena or Kyleena fit into your life.

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Quiz: Which Hormonal Birth Control Best Fits You?

You got: Depo Provera

I got Depo Provera. Quiz: Which Hormonal Birth Control Best Fits You?
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Depo Provera is a great hormonal birth control option for you! Available by prescription, each Depo Provera shot provides you with progestin for three months. It is a good option if you can’t use estrogen-based birth control. No need to remember to take a pill every day. Depo shots work mainly by thickening your cervical mucus, but may also stop ovulation. Even though it’s reversible, it can take 9-10 months (or longer) for your fertility to return.

Depo Provera has some problematic side effects like irregular bleeding and weight gain. Depo Provera use may cause you to lose calcium stored in your bones. The longer you use Depo Provera, the more calcium you are likely to lose. Depo Provera is very effective (97-99.7 percent effective). You can have depo shots if you are breastfeeding, smoke, and/or overweight. Depo Provera is also FDA-approved to help manage endometriosis pain. Talk to your doctor—see if Depo Provera fits into your life.

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