When you’re ready
Today's contraception methods are gentler on the body than they used to be, and generally they are designed to not influence your fertility after you stop using them. Even hormonal contraceptives like the long-acting hormonal coil allow you to return to fertility quickly, because the hormones in these methods leave the body quickly after you stop using them.
When do you want to get pregnant?
Within a Year
If you intend to get pregnant within a year or so, it might not be worth opting for a long-acting contraceptive. Although you can get pregnant almost immediately after getting a coil removed, for example, shorter-term contraceptives such as condoms, a diaphragm, or the patch just might be easier for you to manage.
In 3-5 Years
There are plenty of options for women who want to get pregnant in a few years’ time. If using contraception every time you have sex, or remembering a daily pill isn't an issue for you, then shorter-term options can work just fine. If you'd prefer something long acting, a hormonal coil works continually for up to 3 to 5 years and might be just what you're looking for. After you stop using the contraceptive injection, it can take up to a year to return to fertility. The injection is therefore not advised for women who wish to get pregnant in the near future.
Far in the Future
If you definitely don’t want kids now, and would rather a long-acting contraception that doesn't demand a regular routine, a contraceptive implant or a hormonal coil are both good options that work for up to 3 to 5 years. A copper coil works for even longer – up to 5 to 10 years. If you know you never want to get pregnant, or if you don’t want any more children, male or female sterilization are the permanent, irreversible solutions.
ALTERNATIVE CONTRACEPTION METHODS
If you are thinking about an eventual return to fertility, consider these contraception methods:
A small, flexible T-shaped plastic frame that releases low levels of hormones. It is placed in your womb by a doctor.
A small, T-shaped plastic frame with a copper wire that is placed in your womb by a doctor.
A small, flexible silicone rod that releases hormones. It is placed under the skin of your upper arm by a doctor.
A shot containing progestin that is effective for up to three months. It is administered by a doctor.
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