Choosing the right birth control method can be confusing. These days, there are a lot of options to choose from.
How do you decide what’s right for you? Here’s what you should consider:
Effectiveness: Birth control may be used for reasons other than preventing pregnancy. But if preventing pregnancy is your goal, you should be aware that some methods are significantly more effective than others.
Ease of use: Some methods are easy for you to use or administer yourself. Others have to be handled by a healthcare professional. Some have to be used every day (like the pill) and others are only administered every few years (like an IUD).
Prescription vs. OTC: Many forms of birth control require a prescriptions, but options like condoms and spermicide are available over-the-counter.
Protection from STIs: Most forms of birth control do NOT protect you from STIs. A male condom is the safest choice to address this concern.
Side Effects: There are possible side effects involved with many forms of birth control. They vary depending on what you use.
Your doctor is your best resource for guidance on the birth control method that is best for your health and your lifestyle. Our providers at Empire OB/GYN are happy to talk to you about your options. Call to schedule your appointment today!
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