Different types of birth control include barrier methods, such as male and female condoms and contraceptive sponges, and hormonal methods, such as birth control pills, vaginal rings and implantable rods. Intrauterine devices, or IUDs, are another birth control option, according to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
The appropriate method for birth control varies with each situation, details NICHD. This depends on a woman's health, age, sexual activity, family history of diseases and life habits, as some factors contribute to an elevated risk of side effects. It is best to consult a health care professional to review medical history and determine what is suitable for a patient's condition.