Choosing a Contraceptive – Things to Consider Before Committing
ive Common Mistakes Women Make When Choosing a Contraceptive
Nobody ever said being a woman was easy; the myriad of things we have to endure, things that come with being a woman, are sometimes complicated and time-consuming. Choosing a contraceptive shouldn’t be, but so often it is one of the hardest decisions to make. We discuss the five biggest mistakes women make when choosing a form of birth control.
1) They go with what they’ve known for a while
The old “tried and tested” route seems to be the safest one to take, especially when it comes to planning a family. You may have been prescribed a certain contraceptive when you were sixteen, and a decade down the line you’ve become so accustomed to walking into your Doctor’s office every six months for a repeat script, that you may not have realised the contraceptive is no longer serving you as efficiently as it did back when you were at school. As women, we need to adapt our contraceptive choices according to our lifestyle and our ever changing needs.
2) They opt for a contraceptive method that has worked for their friends
So often we assume (incorrectly) that a birth control method “must be great” because 3 of our girlfriends have used it for many month without any side effects or complications. Each body is different each woman is different and so are her needs. For example, she may be placed onto an oral contraceptive high in oestrogen, whereas you would need an oral contraceptive of a far lower oestrogen concentration. We cannot – ever – share our contraceptives, nor can we assume the right fit for a friend is the right fit for us.
3) They continue hormonal contraception even when presented with side effects
Sometimes we are presented with side effects (albeit common ones) such as breast tenderness or breakthrough bleeding when using a hormonal contraceptive. An occurrence like this, happening once or twice is no cause for concern, but too often women will suffer in silence in hopes that the side effects will wear off. This may be true in some cases, and even safe when monitored by a medical professional, but there is no reason to force yourself to endure major side effects when there are so many other options available.
4) They do not consult their Doctor regularly
Any oral contraceptive may only ever be prescribed for a maximum period of 6months, but other hormonal contraceptives such as the injection carry a far longer prescription period. In some instances, you may go up to a year of having regular shots without consulting your doctor once in between. This is dangerous in many ways, some of which include extreme side effects. If you experience any adverse side effects, or find that the prescribed contraceptive is just not working for you, you need to consult with your Doctor again to find a new solution that works for you.
5) They do not consider the myriad of alternative options
This may be due to poor communication, or simply not researching the available alternatives. Women now have the option to use long-acting, reversible contraceptives such as non-hormonal IUD’s and IUB’s, but if they are unaware this is an option, they will likely never consider it.