How to Pick the Right Birth Control For You

Apicha Community Health Center Sep 12, 2018  

Apicha CHC

For many people, birth control is a daily part of their life. With all the different kinds of birth control, it can be hard to pick the one that's most suitable for you. By taking a look at your lifestyle, personal preferences, and speaking with your doctor, you can find one that's right for you.

What Birth Control is Right For me?

Although selecting the right birth control for you can be very much based on medical factors, how you live your life and what you're comfortable with can also impact what you choose. If you're not sure what birth control options are out there, you can read about them here.

Some factors to consider when narrowing down which birth control is best for you:

1. Do you tend to be more forgetful or have a schedule that is very different from day to day?

If you're frequently on the go, or travel often, a daily prevention method like the birth control pill might not be the best idea. It's essential that birth control pills be taken every day to make sure they're effective, and an inconsistent schedule will make it harder to remember.

2. How long do you plan on needing birth control?

Think about how long you plan to be need birth control, and for what reasons. If you only anticipate needing birth control for a year or two, a short-term or easily-reversible birth control method might be better for you.

3. Which birth control method(s) does your health insurance cover?

Most health insurance plans will cover the birth control pill at a minimum, although some also cover long-term birth control methods as a healthy form of family planning. Check out your health insurance plan documentation or ask your provider to help you determine which methods are covered by your health insurance plan, and for how much.

4. Do you have any risk factors in your medical history that could make side effects worse or more dangerous?

Previously existing health concerns, like weak bones or an aversion to hormonal treatments, might impact your doctor's birth control method recommendation. Again, you should speak with your doctor about different options.

5. Do you have a preference of hormonal versus non-hormonal birth control methods?

If you're currently undergoing hormone treatments as a transgender male, or aren't comfortable with side effects like weight gain, you might want to avoid the hormonal methods and go with something non-hormonal, like the copper IUD. This is a decision you'll want to make with your doctor's help, especially if you're taking hormones as part of your transition.

6. How often do you want to have a period?

Some individuals like the peace-of-mind or the natural feel of getting a period once a month. Other individuals may not want to have a period at all or want to avoid the hassle of feminine hygiene products. While you can never be sure exactly how your body will respond to a birth control method until you've tried it, this is another factor to keep in mind when you're narrowing down your options.

How Apicha CHC Can Help

Birth control is an important part of women's health, but it's also a big decision, as you need to make sure you're getting the right birth control method for you. 

If you have any additional questions about birth control methods or are interested in getting birth control, request an appointment with Apicha Community Health Center. Our competent, caring, and non-judgemental providers will help you make sure you're getting the best birth control method for you. We also offer many other women's health services, which you can learn more about here

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