In the last decade, the available methods of birth control have multiplied significantly. Some (not all) of the available contraception choices available are:
Hormonal Intrauterine Device (IUD)
Copper Intrauterine Device (IUD)
Contraceptive Vaginal Ring
Morning After Pill
What factors should you consider when choosing a family planning or birth control method?
This is an important question your OB/GYN can help you think through. How often you have sex, your health, and whether or not you want children all play a role in which form of birth control you choose as well as these listed below:
Each contraceptive method varies in effectiveness, cost, side effects and flexibility. These variables need to be considered when choosing a family planning method that fits your needs, budget, lifestyle, and religious preference. Also, ask yourself the following when making this important decision:
- How effective are the different methods?
- Can you make the method part of your daily routine?
- Would you prefer contraception that you don’t have to remember every day?
- Are you comfortable inserting contraceptives?
- Do you mind if your periods change?
- Do you smoke?
- Are you overweight?
- Can I use hormonal contraceptives?
- What if you can’t use contraceptives that contain estrogen?
- Are you taking medicines for other are there other conditions to consider?
- Do you want to get pregnant in the near future?
Once you know the answers to these questions, your choice of contraception will be much easier to make. If you have questions about contraception, call today and make an appointment with one of our physicians to talk over the options that would be right for you.
Related Blog Posts
You’ve decided that you would like to not have any more children so permanent birth control is an important option to discuss with your doctor. Over 60% of women of reproductive age are currently using contraception and about 10 million (27%) use female sterilization....read more
Are you considering having another child? Your heart and mind might be ready for another little one, but is your body ready? Before you conceive again, get the facts about pregnancy spacing. Approximately 33% of American mothers have children spaced too close...read more
The recent comments by Pope Francis about family planning has revived conversations about birth control for those of the Catholic faith, as well as the general public. “How do I choose the right method for me?” is a common question for many women. In the last decade,...read more
Here is the second installment of interesting studies that effected OBGYN and women’s health in 2014. See our blog post for Dec. 8, 2014 to read part 1. Long-acting reversible contraception for adolescents - The etonogestrel implant and intrauterine device (IUD) is...read more
What factors should you consider when choosing a family planning or birth control method? This is an important question your OB/GYN can help you think through. How often you have sex, your health, and whether or not you want children all play a role in which form of...read more