Birth control got you down? If you’re feeling overwhelmed by too many options or frustrated with your current method, it might be time to reconsider your birth control choices. The good news is that you don’t have to keep spinning your wheels in birth control blah. Here are some practical ways to narrow down your options.
Use past methods to your advantage. Past methods, even if you hated them, can be helpful in narrowing down your future birth control. Whatever didn’t work for you in the past gives you clues about what might work in the future.
So begin by asking yourself what problems you’ve had with your past birth control, then narrow down the source of your frustrations. Have you struggled with annoying side effects? Was the method you tried hard to keep up with? Was it easy to forget? Did you experience any health complications? Did it stress you out?
Answers to these questions can help guide you away from birth control methods that have similar side effects or frustrations.
Due to different lifestyles, what may be easy for you may be frustrating for the next person. For instance, your best friend may not want to mess with barrier methods that she feels impede her sex life or your coworker may have a low tolerance for side effects or prescriptions. Birth control choices will be strongly influenced by factors like these.
Think about this, too - does your lifestyle eliminate some options? If you travel a lot, maybe staying consistent with a pill would be a no go. Or on the flip side maybe it would be harder for you to keep up with a natural method.
This all depends on how your lifestyle and birth control interact. So ask yourself what aspects of your life make different forms of birth control difficult.
For those who want to get pregnant someday, consider your timeframe. The sooner you want to get pregnant, the more reversible you’re going to want your birth control to be.
Another important question to ask is, does it fit your finances? Is it covered by insurance? The price of birth control ranges from free to very expensive. So don’t cramp your wallet with crazy birth control expenses. Your birth control should serve you, not the other way around.
Every woman is different. That’s why you can’t base your birth control decisions on what works for someone else.
Your body won’t have the same reaction to certain birth control options as other women. So if side effects overwhelm your life, it’s time to make a change.
Talk to Your Doctor
Don’t forget, you’re not alone in this. You’ve got a great resource in your doctor who knows not only what birth control options are available but also your health history.
So after you’ve evaluated what’s most important to you in birth control, talk with your doctor. She can guide you towards birth control that’s tailored to your needs.
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Birth control got you down? If you’re feeling overwhelmed by too many options or frustrated with your current method, it might be time to reconsider your birth control choices.
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