Find the right birth control

Use the birth control database to compare 200+ birth control options based on PMS symptoms like acne and cramps.

Compare 200+ birth control options

We know birth control is for more than preventing babies. Use our research-driven tool to easily compare birth control options based on PMS symptoms like acne, cramps, and more
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Different Types of Birth Control

There are many different methods of birth control. Check out the database for information on specific brands and how they impact cycle symptoms.
The Pill
oral contraception
Yellow pack of birth control pills
The pill is a tried-and-true classic with a lot of variety. The pill is a workhorse: Control acne, cramps, match your natural hormone cycle, and more.
Daily Effort
Commitment
MEDIUM
Efficacy
93%
The Patch
transdermal contraception
Birth control patch on blue background
The patch is low effort, low commitment. Think of it as a bandaid you change monthly. Its baby-prevention efficacy is 93%, but does decrease with higher BMIs.
Daily Effort
Commitment
LOW
Efficacy
93%
Cycle Tracking
fertility awareness
Generic cycle tracking app on a phone screen
Cycle tracking has become popular in the last few years. There's even an FDA-approved app, though efficacy is only around 80%. It's a high effort, no hormone option.
Daily Effort
Commitment
HIGH
Efficacy
80%
The Ring
intravaginal contraception
Someone holding a birth control ring
Another low effort, low commitment method! The ring is a flexible vaginal insert that's changed monthly. Like the pill or patch, it's also 93% effective.
Daily Effort
Commitment
LOW
Efficacy
93%
The Arm Implant
subdermal contraception
An arm implant on a blue background
This arm implant is one of the most effective options. It's a little bar that sits under the skin of your inner, upper arm.  Once in, it's good for 5 years!
Daily Effort
Commitment
HIGH
Efficacy
99.9%
IUD
intrauterine contraception
A gloved hand holding an IUD
Once inserted into your cervix by a doctor, IUDs last for years. With the highest efficacy and no maintenance, it's a crowd favorite. Heads up: insertion and removal can be painful.
Daily Effort
Commitment
HIGH
Efficacy
99.5%
Internal Condom
genitalia contraception
An internal condom on a blue background
An internal condom is sort of like a plastic baggie that's inserted into the vagina. It's 79% effective, able to be placed well-before sex, and is often free with insurance.
Daily Effort
Commitment
LOW
Efficacy
79%
The Shot
subcutaneous contraception
A sealed injection dosage
This birth control method is discrete, which might be a big benefit A single birth control shot lasts an entire 3 months. The downside? You have to get the injection from a doctor's office.
Daily Effort
Commitment
MEDIUM
Efficacy
96%
A Rubber
genitalia contraception
A pattern of red condoms
A condom by any other name is still a condom. It's 87% effective, comes in fun colors and flavors, and protects against STIs. They're free at lots of clinics and schools.
Daily Effort
Commitment
LOW
Efficacy
87%
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