4 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Birth Control Method

Not ready for kids or don’t want more kids? Fortunately, you can choose from among many birth control options. Unfortunately, the multitude of options can be overwhelming and confusing for many.

Birth control is available in short-acting, long-acting, and permanent options. Some you need to take daily, some you need to think about every time you have sex, and some you don’t need to think about for 10 years.

The expert medical team at Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, in Helena, Montana, can help you choose the best option based on your health history, lifestyle, sexual history, and family plans. Here are four factors to consider when choosing a birth control method.

Do you want to have children in the future?

Once you’ve decided whether you want to have children, you’ll also need to think about how soon you may want them. If you don’t want to have children, you can opt for a permanent birth control method such as tubal ligation surgery.

If you do want children in the future, you have many reliable, long-acting, reversible options. Nexplanon is an implant that can last up to three years and be removed when you’re ready to have children, and an IUD can also last for many years. Additionally, there are many short-acting options such as the pill, sponges, the patch, and a diaphragm. 

Do you need protection against STIs as well as birth control?

If you’re not in a monogamous relationship, you may also need protection against sexually transmitted infections such as HIV/AIDs, herpes, and chlamydia. Condoms, male and female brands, are the only birth control methods that reduce your risk against STI transmission and also unwanted pregnancies.

Do you have any health conditions?

If you suffer from migraines or have a family or personal history of breast cancer or blood clots, combined hormonal contraceptives (CHCs) such as the pill, the patch, or a vaginal ring are not the best options for you. They can raise your risk of triggering a migraine or developing breast cancer or blood clots. Additionally, you shouldn’t use those CHCs if you’re over 35 and smoke. 

How often are you willing to think about birth control?

Some birth control methods, such as the pill, need to be taken every day. Others, such as the patch, need to be changed weekly. Barrier methods such as condoms, diaphragms, and sponges need to be used every time you have sex.

If daily and regular use of birth control methods doesn’t fit into your lifestyle, you can opt for long-acting reversible methods such as an IUD or an implant.  

Ready to choose the right birth control method for you? Call Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, to schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable providers. You can also request an appointment online.

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