18. You should get an STI test before you get the IUD - it’s crucial to get tested for these infections before you get an IUD and any time you may be at risk while you have an IUD in. Your doctor may test you for chlamydia and gonorrhea right before she inserts the IUD, which is also fine as long as you treat the infections immediately if your test comes back positive, says Minkin.
This speaks about a few future methods but I like it specifically for the male injection. It is stated that it will be 100% effective, so it would have a perfect use percentage of course. The only disadvantage I could see would be pain being that its injected into the penis (sorry guys). Most likely a prescription is needed being that this would have to be administered by a doctor (unless you trust some someone else with a needle to your penis).
Nuvaring-Perfect use: 99.7% Typical use: 91% Nuva ring is inserted vaginally and provides a steady rate of hormones for 21 days. Advantages: No daily action, 21 day replacement, no withdrawal bleeding. Disadvantages: side effects such as increased risk for blood clots, headaches and nausea, vaginal discomfort and vaginitis may occur. Prescription required.
Mirena about 99% effective once placed. Typical use and perfect use are the same. Remains effective for up to 5 years. Some risks are uterine wall penetrations, ovarian cysts, and irregular bleeding for up to 6 months. Requires a prescription.
The Ultimate Guide to Safer Sex - another fantastic infographic! Though I am surprised that the IUD is not listed as a birth control option... It is the MOST effective form of birth control besides abstinence. I highly recommend it. Regardless, still great info in this infographic!