15 things to consider before choosing birth control
There are many options at your disposal and each one of them comes with pros and cons.
To choose the contraception method that suits you best, you have to be informed about it and your options. Do not just go on birth control, decide after you have all the important facts right.
There are lots of different types of birth control methods. The method you choose depends on various factors such as your sex life, health, your reproductive plans, Relationship factors – e.g. including marital status, and how often you have sex and partner preferences.
Ask yourself the following questions;
- What birth control options are available?
- How do the different birth control options work?
- What is the effectiveness of various methods?
- What are their failure rates?
- Do I want to use it every time I have sex, every day, or once every few months or years?
- Do I want a birth control method with or without hormones?
- Do I want a long-term, permanent or short-term method?
- How easy is it to get it?
- What does it cost?
- Does it protect me against sexually transmitted infections?
- What are the side effects?
- Is it acceptable to my sexual partner?
- How soon do you want children in the future?
- Is it reversible? e.g. can I get pregnant after stopping the method and how soon?
- Is it compatible with my religious beliefs or cultural practices?
Hopefully, these questions will help you figure out what is best for you.
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The next step is to talk to your healthcare provider. Go through the available options with them and determine which solution fits your needs, lifestyle, and health history.
What’s the bottom line?
The best method of birth control for you is one that is safe, that you are comfortable using, and that you are able to use consistently and correctly.
You can call Marie Stopes Kenya today for free on 0800 720005 or WhatsApp them on 0709819001 for comprehensive information and personalized advice on which contraception option might best fit your lifestyle and body. Click here to locate a clinic near you.