>Oral contraceptives Research shows that going on the pill lowers your risk for ovarian and endometrial cancer. Although this method is virtually foolproof with perfect use, the average user slips up on occasion, which explains why 8 percent of women who have been on the pill for a year get pregnant.

>Transdermal patch This skin patch delivers a larger dose of estrogen into the bloodstream than pills. As a result, women reported feeling more side effects, such as breast tenderness. Users also have a greater chance of developing blood clots, although the risk is low in healthy young women.

>Vaginal ring Inserted directly into the vagina, this doughnut–shaped ring releases hormones for three weeks. Although users experienced some vaginal irritation, they found this option to be more convenient than the pill.

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