When choosing birth control (BD), deciding between hormonal and non-hormonal methods is important. We talk with Dr. Ann Jacob from Reiter, Hill & Johnson of Advantia about what to think about when making this decision.

Different Types of BC

Hormonal Methods:

  • Pills
  • Patches
  • Shots
  • Implants

Hormonal BC methods work by altering hormone levels in the body, effectively preventing pregnancy.

Non-hormonal Methods:

  • Condoms
  • Copper IUDs

Unlike hormonal methods, non-hormonal birth control options do not involve changing hormone levels but still help prevent pregnancy.

Considering Your Health Conditions

According to Dr. Jacob, hormonal BC may not be suitable for everyone, especially individuals with certain health conditions. Discussing your medical history with your doctor is important. Some health conditions can make hormonal birth control less safe for you. These conditions include migraines, blood clotting disorders, and a history of breast cancer.

Personalized Consultation with Advantia Health Providers

Advantia Health providers can discuss BC and other health questions you have. They can assist you in determining the most suitable birth control method for you. Your lifestyle, medical history, and preferences will determine this.

Potential Benefits and Drawbacks

Birth control pills can help with more than just preventing pregnancy. They can also regulate periods, reduce cramps, and improve skin. However, some individuals may experience side effects like mood changes, weight fluctuations, or nausea.

Non-hormonal birth control may not be as effective at preventing pregnancy as hormonal methods. However, it does not cause hormonal side effects. Weighing these factors and considering your priorities is important when deciding on a birth control method.

Lifestyle and Convenience

The convenience of different birth control methods is another crucial factor. Hormonal methods often require daily or regular administration, while nonhormonal options such as IUDs or condoms provide longer-term protection without daily maintenance.


In summary, the decision between hormonal and non-hormonal birth control is highly individualized and requires careful consideration. Talking to a doctor is important to find the best choices for your health, lifestyle, and preferences. Advantia Health providers, like Dr. Ann Jacob, help you choose the right birth control that fits your needs. They guide you through the options available.

If you have further questions or wish to schedule a visit, do not hesitate to reach out to one of our providers near you.