The best birth control, according to Marla Ahlgrimm, is the one that fits into a woman’s life without causing adverse side effects.
There are at least a dozen forms of birth control, each with unique pros and cons, says Marla Ahlgrimm. The most natural, but possibly the least effective, is known as the Rhythm Method. Natural family planning involves continuously monitoring the menstrual cycle and keeping track of basal temperature and vaginal discharge. Barrier methods, by contrast, are a “time and place” form of birth control that must be inserted just before sexual activity. Barriers such as the contraceptive sponge, cervical cap, and female condom block sperm from entering the fallopian tubes.