Birth control has long been a controversial topic unfit for the dinner table. Recently, this is especially true in the U.S. where Supreme Court decisions have placed major restrictions on access to the medication. So it might surprise you to know that condoms first appeared more than 3,000 years ago. Yet as women's reproductive rights continue to hit snags in the social and political realm, birth control's necessity has not slowed. Birth control helps lessen painful reproductive issues such as cysts or endometriosis, assists in maintaining regular menstrual cycles, and—of course—prevent unintended pregnancies. In fact, less than one in 100 women who take oral contraception will get pregnant when taking daily doses of birth control in a year, as opposed to 9 in 100 who take it sporadically. But with so many options—the pill, sponge, implant, patch, shot and more—which is most effective?
Doctors say T-shaped IUDs (intrauterine device) are best at preventing pregnancies with a 99.99 percent effectiveness rate. Why? Because it diminishes the chance for human error. When it comes to your unique body, it's best to research and decide which method of birth control works best for you. For helpful facts and information, check out this playlist and learn more about the complicatedly simple concept of birth control.