How to Choose the Best Contraceptive Method for Your Lifestyle

How to Choose the Best Contraceptive Method for Your Lifestyle

How to Choose the Best Contraceptive Method for Your Lifestyle

 

There are many factors that can affect finding the best contraceptive for your individual circumstances – for example, you may lead a busy lifestyle and remembering to take something every day is not going to work out for you so you may prefer something more long term such as an implant or an IUD, or you may have certain medical conditions which may make some types of contraception unsuitable. You may experience side-effects such as mood swings or bloating on one type of contraception but not on others and may prefer a method that reduces or even gets rid of your periods altogether.

 

While some women find their ‘perfect match’ straight away, other women may need to try out a few different types (and remember what suits you when you are in your twenties may be different to what suits you best in your 40s so asking your doctor about what’s new is useful).

The best way to know what contraceptive method is right for you is to find out about all the different types, their pros and cons, so you can go armed with a set of questions to your doctor. It is important to discuss not only to discuss any medical conditions you have but also to let the doctor know what features of a contraceptive method are the most important to you so you can work out what is likely to suit you the best.

Asking the ten questions below can help you determine the best type of contraceptive for your specific needs:

 

Which Contraceptive is Right for Me?

 

1)      Do you want to become pregnant in the next year? Maybe you only want a short-term birth control fix. In this case, the birth control shot (Depo-Provera) wouldn't be a good option, as it can take up to 10 months or longer for ovulation to return after stopping it. With other methods, it's possible to get pregnant pretty much immediately after you stop using them. Your doctor might also suggest something that takes a bit less time to adjust to, like the pill or the ring versus the IUD.

2)      Have you previously used contraceptives? If so, what kind and how did you react to them? Your doctor will want to know what methods you've used before, and what you liked or disliked about them. Were you averaging three missed pills a month? Did one method make you feel nauseated or depressed? Did you have a lot of spotting with an IUD? This will help your doctor figure out what methods (and what hormones) might work best for your body.

3)      Which type of birth control would be most convenient for you? Maybe you travel a lot for work and you're often waking up in different cities/time zones. Maybe you're a nurse or a flight attendant or you just know that your daily schedule is kind of all over the place. In these cases, remembering a daily pill might be difficult. Your doctor might suggest something that's harder to mess up — like the ring, patch, IUD, implant, or shot.

4)      Do you have any pre-existing medical conditions? It might not seem like your gynecologist needs to know your entire medical history, but it's important when it comes to prescribing a birth control method. That's because certain methods of birth control should not be used if you have certain conditions — like uncontrolled high blood pressure, advanced diabetes, and lupus. Some of these cases are strict, whereas others will depend on your overall health and specific risk factors. Similarly, certain uterine abnormalities would make IUDs off limits.

5)      Are you a smoker? But if you smoke and you're 35 or older, you shouldn't take combined hormonal contraceptives (birth control methods with both estrogen and progestin) like the pill, the ring, or the patch. That's because these risk factors, taken together with oral contraceptive use, can increase your risk of stroke

6)      Do you suffer from migraines? If you get migraines with aura (meaning you experience specific visual changes with your migraines — like flashes of light, blind spots, squiggly lines, etc.), you should not take combined hormonal birth control like the pill, the ring, or the patch. That's because this type of migraine may increase the risk of having a stroke.

7)      How would you describe your menstrual cycle? Most hormonal birth control can help regulate your cycle, which often leads to lighter, lovelier periods. The hormonal IUD in particular is typically associated with periods that stop entirely after a while. The copper IUD, on the other hand, won't do anything to help your flow (since it's hormone-free) and some say it can even make it worse.

8)      Would you want to completely eradicate your period for a while? With the hormonal IUD, most people report their periods stopping entirely after a while. You can also skip your periods with extended-cycle birth control pills. That might be amazing for some people, or it might be terrifying if you're someone who relies on that monthly cue for reassurance.

So if you're someone who really needs that period every month to prove you're not with child, maybe don't try a hormonal IUD.

9)      Do you have a family history of breast cancer? The use of any hormonal birth control method is not recommended while someone has breast cancer, and it's typically not recommended after you've had breast cancer, either.

10)   Are you pro or anti-hormone? While many people enjoy the benefits that come with hormonal contraception (a regular cycle, lighter periods, less acne, etc.), others would prefer to prevent pregnancy without the hormones. In that case, your options are the copper IUD, condoms (male and female condoms), and fertility awareness-based methods.

 

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h/t to buzzfeed for the great insightful info!