There is a wide variety of birth control options so most people may be overwhelmed when trying to pick the most appropriate one. The right birth control for a woman should fit their plans for parenthood in the future, their lifestyle, health history, and personal preference. Almost all women use some form of contraception at some point in their lives. 38 million women ages 15 to 44 in the United States use it. The right Bluebonnet OBGYN helps a woman find the right contraception. The following tips may help women find the most appropriate for their needs.
The Effectiveness of Different Forms of Contraception
Contraception options that are over 99% effective include the following:
- Contraceptive implants
- Female sterilization
- Male sterilization/vasectomy
- Intrauterine device (IUD)
- Intrauterine system (IUS)
The following contraception options are 95% effective with regular use but 99% effective when used correctly:
- Vaginal rings that are renewed every month
- Progestogen-only pills
- Contraceptive injections
- Contraceptive patch
- Combined pill
The following are some things to consider when trying to choose the right contraceptive:
- The ability of the Woman to Make It Part of Their Routine
Do you have the patience and commitment it takes to make contraception part of your daily routine? Women who have busy days may forget about their contraception. Options such as daily pills may be inappropriate for them.
Those who can’t make contraception part of their daily routine may do better with options such as implants, path, and injections.
There are plenty of contraceptive options that do not need to be taken every day or every time one has sex. There are options that one does not need to worry about for months or years.
- Is the Woman Comfortable With Contraceptives that are Inserted in their Vagina?
Women that are not comfortable with contraception that goes inside their vagina may be unable to use options such as; vaginal rings, diaphragms, and female condoms. There are plenty of long-term contraceptives that don’t need to be inserted in the vagina.
- A Woman’s Weight
If a woman is already overweight, they may need to avoid contraception that causes them to put on more weight. The contraceptive injection is linked to weight gain if used for a long time.
- The Presence of Estrogen
Contraceptives that have estrogen may be inappropriate for women who:
- Are overweight
- Take certain medications
- Are 35 or older
- Are regular smokers
- Have migraines or problems with blood circulation
- Hormonal Contraceptives
Hormonal contraceptives may not be appropriate for certain women. Some contraceptives use estrogen and progestogen. The hormones may be inappropriate for women with certain medical conditions such as breast cancer. Non-hormonal contraceptives include; male and female condoms, intrauterine devices (IUD), and diaphragm.
Birth control is an important conversation that all women should have with their OBGYNs. With the right birth control, it is possible to prevent unwanted pregnancies without interfering with a woman’s life. Getting the opinion of an OBGYN makes it possible to get the right one.