Birth control options are numerous. Hormonal contraception includes things like birth control pills, some IUD’s, patches, vaginal rings, implants, and shots. Hormonal methods prevent eggs from being released from the ovaries, thicken cervical mucous, and thin the lining of the uterus. Non-hormonal options include some kinds of IUD’s, and barrier methods (like sponges, diaphragms, and condoms). Natural family planning is a method of birth control that relies on a person carefully tracking their fertility to avoid or achieve pregnancy. A patient’s unique needs will help them decide which method is right for them.