Your search for the best birth control seems difficult with the current options available. You don’t have to make your choice alone. Your OB/GYN wants to help you find the best option. Before your next appointment, answer the following questions to help find the right fit for you.
Can you remember to take a pill every day?
If the answer is no, then the “pill” may not be the best option for you. The pill requires you to take it daily. Other great options exist that do not need you to remember something every day.
Do you need or want a hormone free option?
Hormone free options include natural family planning, condoms, or the copper IUD (Intrauterine Device).
Do you need something longer acting, but reversible?
Long-term and reversible options include Depo-Provera, IUDs and Nexplanon. IUDs such as Skyla, Mirena, or Paragard can last three, five or ten years. Nexplanon, an implant in your upper arm, lasts three years.
Do you have any medical conditions?
Your doctor will ask for your personal and family history. Many birth control options are contraindicated.
Are you sure you’re done with having children?
Consider minimally invasive ways to have permanent sterilization. Your options include Essure, tubal interruption, or a vasectomy (for him of course!). Ask your doctor for details about Essure and a tubal interruption if interested.
Have more questions about birth control? Give us a call at either of our locations!