Factors to Consider When Choosing the Right Birth Control

For many women, birth control is a very personal choice that allows them to protect themselves and ensure that they do not get pregnant before they are ready. Other women choose birth control to treat acne, while others find it helpful to control the symptoms of their menstrual cycle. Whatever the reason you are choosing birth control, here are a few factors to consider that can help you make an informed decision. 

The Potential Side Effects

Depending upon the type of birth control you choose whether it be birth control pills, an intrauterine device, a hormonal implant, or condoms, there are some side effects you need to consider. For example, some of the side effects of the birth control pill include breast tenderness, headache, irregular menstrual cycle, mood swings, and weight gain.

Some of the common side effects of an intrauterine device, or IUD, can include breast tenderness, irregular periods, spotting, and risk of ectopic pregnancy. Risks will vary depending upon the type of IUD you choose.

How Long You Want to Wait Before Starting a Family

Another consideration you need to make is when you are planning on having children. If you are considering starting a family in the near future, you might want to consider birth control pills or condoms. However, if you want to wait several years before you even think about having children, an IUD or implant might be the better option.

Depending upon the type of IUD or implant you choose, you could be protected for several years. However, remember there are risks involved with any type of birth control and if you are not comfortable with an IUD being placed inside your cervix or an implant, which is often placed in the arm, you may want to consider a less invasive option.

Consider the Other Benefits of Certain Types of Birth Control  

Finally, while birth control is mainly used to prevent unwanted pregnancy, there are other added benefits to different types of birth control. For example, latex condoms can also protect you from sexually transmitted diseases. Birth control pills may lower your risk of developing uterine and ovarian cancer and can help treat some forms of acne.

Some forms of hormonal IUDs can also lessen the frequency of your period and may help relieve the cramping often associated with periods.

Birth control is a very personal choice and there are several factors to consider. Contact your ob doctor with any additional questions.