How to Choose the Right Contraception for Your Lifestyle

With more options than ever when it comes to contraception, it can be hard to decide what type is best for your needs and lifestyle. Of course, you should consider effectiveness of each method, but other factors are important, too.

Our team at the office of Emil W. Tajzoy, MD, wants to help women in the Dallas area make an educated choice when it comes to birth control. Ask yourself the following questions to choose the right contraception for your lifestyle.

What is the most effective method for my needs?

The most effective method of birth control is sterilization, such as tubal ligation or a male vasectomy – but you have to be sure you don’t want children in the future. Intrauterine devices (IUDs) and hormonal implants, like Nexplanon®, offer a 99% effectiveness rate in preventing pregnancy and are easily reversed.

Fertility monitoring is associated with higher pregnancy rates than other forms of birth control. Also realize that effectiveness of methods such as the pill, condoms, and the patch depend on your consistent and correct use of these methods.

What is most convenient for my lifestyle?

Consider whether you can keep up with a method that requires your participation, such as quarterly shots, a daily pill, or updating prescriptions. IUDs and hormonal implants are a one-time insertion and provide protection for 3-10 years depending on the type.

Convenience may also include costliness. Some methods are pricier than others. Your insurance may cover certain options and not others, too, so you’ll want to check with your medical insurance provider.

How sexually active am I?

If you have multiple sexual partners, you want to consider a contraceptive method that protects you from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) as well as pregnancy. In these cases, it’s a good idea to have dual protection. You can double up by using a very reliable method, such as an IUD or the pill, and a male or female condom, which are less effective at protecting you from pregnancy but offer some shield from STDs.

If you’re in a mutually monogamous relationship and have been tested for STDs, you can skip the condoms. Otherwise, use one every time you have sex.

What are the side effects?

Hormonal methods can have unwanted side effects that aren’t dangerous, but are disrupting. This includes unwanted weight gain and irregular bleeding, especially in the first few months of use. Only some women using these methods suffer the side effects, but consider if you could live with them if they should affect you.

Do I have health concerns?

Certain birth control methods are not advised for women who have a history of blood clots, suffer from high blood pressure, or are at increased risk for breast cancer. Hormonal methods, such as the pill and hormonal IUDs, are examples of these contraceptive options that may have risky side effects in some women. Discuss any health history or concerns you have with Dr. Tajzoy or Dr. Fogwell when settling on a method of birth control.

We can help you weigh your options and answer your questions when you’re considering what birth control is best for you. Call our office or schedule an appointment by clicking the button on this website to benefit from our expert services.

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