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How To Decide On The Best Birth Control Method For You

If you're not looking to get pregnant any time soon, you may be wanting to explore different birth control methods. Luckily, there are a lot of options and each has its own unique benefits. Before you rush to get birth control, it's a smart idea to do your research and make sure that you know more about all of your options. You should also talk with your doctor and consider your own unique health situation. Here are some tips to help you decide on the best birth control method for you. 

Figure Out Your Goals

Some people want to use birth control to prevent pregnancy for a short time period while others want a long-term solution. Figuring out your goals early on can help you make a more informed choice. For example, a short-term solution may be to take birth control pills for the time period. If you know that you don't want to have kids any time soon and want something long-term, a 5-year IUD may make the most sense.

Consider Your Own Habits and Abilities 

Some methods of birth control may not work for all women. If you're someone who tends to forget to do something, you may not want to get a birth control shot or take birth control pills, which require you to remember when to take your pills and when to get shots. If you forget, you can become pregnant. Consider your habits and abilities when beginning to explore options.

Consider Sign Effects

Just like with any kind of medication, there may be side effects that come with birth control. Talk with your doctor about these side effects to help you determine if potential side effects are worth it. Not all forms of birth control have the same potential side effects.

Don't Ignore Your Health

You and your doctor know your health needs and medical situation better than anyone else. Not all forms of birth control work for all health situations so make sure that the type that you select is a safe and healthy situation for your body at this time. 

These are some things to think about as you begin to explore birth control. It doesn't have to be tricky or confusing to pick the right type for you. If you have specific questions, or if you want to learn more about your options, schedule a doctor's appointment to discuss IUD and other birth control options.