Which form of contraception most effectively prevents pregnancy?

Which contraception is right for you?

 Birth control protects you from pregnancy. That is why they are also called contraceptives. Most contraceptives are female-oriented. But which contraception is best for you? Contraception comes in all shapes and sizes. For example, there are contraceptive methods with or without hormones. Some methods have to be thought of every day and others only once every 10 years. Certain contraceptives can affect your period, others not at all.

The different types of contraception

There are different types of contraception, which can be divided into 8 categories: the pill, the patch, the ring, the contraceptive injection, the rod, the IUD, barrier methods, and sterilization. Below we briefly explain what each method entails. Would you like more information about a particular contraceptive method? Then click through for detailed information.

The birth control pill

The daily contraceptive pill is the most commonly used method. You take a birth control pill at about the same time every day to prevent pregnancy. Within this category, you have the pill without estrogen and the combination pill with synthetic or body hormones.

The contraceptive patch

A less used method is the contraceptive patch. Stick this on your skin and change it once a week. This makes the patch a solution for women who do not want to think about their contraception every day, but who do want to postpone their period if it suits them better.

The contraceptive ring

If you use the contraceptive ring, you only have to think about contraception once a month. This allows you to keep control of your period. You place the soft and flexible ring in your vagina, similar to a tampon. Due to the design, the ring cannot just fall out.

the contraceptive pill

The contraceptive injection is an injection that your doctor gives every 12 weeks. It comes in two types: an injection into the muscle or an injection under the skin. You no longer have any influence on your period and the return of fertility can take a year or longer after using the contraceptive injection.

The contraceptive stick

The contraceptive stick gives you 3 years of protection against pregnancy. A doctor will place the swab in your upper arm. It is designed so that you cannot see it. The rod continuously releases a low dose of hormones, without peaks or troughs. You can no longer influence your period yourself.

With an IUD you are protected against pregnancy for years. Two methods fall within this category: the copper IUD and the hormone IUD. The copper IUD can remain in your body for 5 to 10 years. The hormonal IUD provides 5 years of protection.

The barrier methods

The reliability of a barrier method strongly depends on its proper use. The most well-known barrier method is the condom. This is the only method of contraception that also protects against STDs. In addition, there is a female condom or pessary.


Sterilization is a definitive form of birth control. Sterilization leads to permanent infertility. This method is usually applied when you no longer want children. Sterilization for men as well as sterilization for women is possible.

Contraception without hormones

Some women like to use a method without hormones. For example, because they suffer from side effects, such as headaches or a low mood, or because they prefer not to use unnatural products. The only contraceptive methods without hormones are barrier methods, copper IUD, or sterilization. Would you rather use natural hormones instead of synthetic hormones? Then take a look at the contraceptive pills. These pills partly contain the body’s own hormones.