If you are sexually active, you may need some sort of contraception to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Even though there are lots of contraceptives, they may not all be appropriate for you. Visit your Frisco OB-GYN if you need help choosing a contraceptive.
There is no specific way to determine if a contraceptive is right for you. All the available options have their strengths and weaknesses. However, there are a few questions that may help you make a decision.
- How often do you engage in sexual activity?
- Do you plan on having children?
- If you want children, how soon do you want a child?
- Are you willing to put up with the side effects of different family planning options?
- Do you have multiple sex partners?
- Are you capable of using birth control correctly?
- Do you need protection against STDs?
Abstinence is the only perfect option to prevent pregnancy. If, however, you intend to have vaginal sex, condoms are the best form of birth control.
Contraceptives with Over 99% Effectiveness
When used correctly, these contraceptives can be over 99% effective:
- Vasectomy or male sterilization
- Contraceptive implants
- Female sterilization
Male condoms are 98% effective while female condoms are 95% effective. This only applies when they are used correctly.
Think about the following when trying to find the right contraception option.
1. Are You a Smoker?
If you smoke, some contraceptives may not be appropriate for you. Even though most contraceptive options may work for you especially if you are 35 years or older. They include the patch, vaginal ring, or combined pill.
2. Your Weight
If you are overweight, it may be wise to stay away from options that could lead to weight gain. Contraceptive injections are said to cause weight fluctuations if used over a long time.
3. Can You Remember to Take It Every day?
The effectiveness of some contraceptives is measured by your ability to take it every day. If that seems like too much work, go for options that are less demanding. The IUD, for example, can last up to ten years depending on the type you choose. The IUS can last up to five years. Condoms, daily pills, and diaphragms are some contraceptives that you need to use every day or every time you have sex.
4. Are You Okay with Period Change?
Most hormonal contraception options may change your menstrual cycle. They can make your period less frequent, more frequent, heavier, or lighter. Speak to your doctor about the possibility of period changes before making your decision. Contraceptives that cause period change include IUS, contraceptive patch, the pill, and a contraceptive injection.
5. Are You Under Medication?
If you are taking medication for other conditions, some contraceptives may not be right for you. Contraceptives that could be affected by medication include condoms, IUS, IUD, diaphragm, and contraceptive injection.
Finding the right contraception does not need to be difficult. There are lots of options and you can find an appropriate one with the help of your OB-GYN.