Choosing the Right Birth Control Method – The Questions to Ask Before Using a LARC

Choosing the Right Birth Control Method – The Questions to Ask Before Using a LARC

Choosing the Right Birth Control Method – The Questions to Ask Before Using a LARC

 

Which method of birth control is right for me? The method you use should be based on your needs.

Some methods only prevent pregnancy while others can also protect you from getting - or spreading sexually-transmitted infections.

While there are many birth-control methods to choose from, each method must be used the right way every time you have sex to prevent a pregnancy from happening.

 

Questions That Can Help You Decide:

With so many birth control methods available and so many factors to consider, choosing the best method for you can be challenging. So ask yourself:

 

1.       Do I want to have a biological child in the future?

2.       How would an unplanned pregnancy affect my life right now?

3.       Do I need to be protected from both pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections?

4.       How much am I able to pay for birth control?

5.       How much effort or time am I willing to commit to using a particular method?

6.       Can I live with the side effects of the method I choose?

 

1)      Do I want to have a biological child in the future?

If you are looking to only temporarily prevent pregnancy, it may be a good idea to look at OTC (LINK) contraceptive methods, which are easy to use and bear no long-term side effects. A non-hormonal solution will also lend a hand in allowing for fertility to return far, far sooner after the cessation of the birth control method.

 

2)      How would an unplanned pregnancy affect my life right now?

In terms of efficacy of a birth control method, some are immediate while others require a certain period of time to take effect. Birth control pills and hormonal IUD’s fall into this category, while other methods such as CopperPearls and condoms offer immediate protection.

 

3)      Do I need to be protected from both pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections?

While you might enjoy aspects of certain birth control methods, some of them simply do not allow for protection against STI’s. Any method which allows for internal ejaculation and only prevents fertilization will require a barrier method such as a condom to prevent STI’s.

 

4)      How much am I able to pay for birth control?

OTC contraceptives such as the condom are typically free when visiting health care providers or birth control centres. They can also be purchased for a relatively low amount from pharmacies and grocery stores. However, long-term methods such as the CopperPearls IUD or hormonal IUD can work out cheaper in the long run, when compared to the monthly cost of hormonal birth control pills etc.

 

5)      How much effort or time am I willing to commit to using a particular method?

The only “set-and-forget” birth control types are long-acting contraceptives. These can include hormonal and non-hormonal IUD’s, tubal litigation etc. If reminding yourself daily to take a pill, or every three months (at the right time each cycle) to get a contraceptive shot , perhaps IUD’s might be a good option for you.

 

6)      Can I live with the side effects of the method I choose?

Hormonal birth control methods can bring on some unwanted side effects, sucha s weight gain, acne, bloating and mood swings. If this is a concern of yours, rather opt for barrier methods or a non-hormonal contraceptive type (copper IUD’s are the best solution for this problem).

 

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