How to find the right birth control for you

 
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LOLA regularly invites members of our community to get together and chat about reproductive health and wellness. We get a lot of questions about birth control: in particular, how to find the right option for you.

Figuring out which birth control method is right for you is a very personal decision. If you’re curious about your contraceptive options or want to learn more about the pros and cons of each method, talk to your healthcare provider or medical representative at a healthcare clinic.

Need some pointers on talking to your doctor about birth control? Here’s advice from Dr. Corina Dunlap, a licensed naturopathic doctor and medical researcher who specializes in women’s health.  

Talking to your doctor about birth control 

This conversation is an important one, and will vary depending on where you are in life and what your priorities are. In particular, if you’re planning on having kids in the next few years you’ll want to ask your doctor how easy it will be to stop using contraception. If you decide you want to get pregnant quickly in the future, keep in mind an option like the IUD or an implant will have to be removed by a nurse or doctor.

Other important things to discuss with your doctor include:

  • Effectiveness 

  • Convenience 

  • Cost 

  • STI protection 

  • Common side effects

Also let your doctor know if you smoke or have any health conditions, including:

  • Allergies, especially to copper or latex

  • A disorder known as Wilson’s disease that allows too much copper to accumulate in the body

  • A history of anxiety or depression

  • Migraines or headaches 

  • A pelvic infection, such as pelvic inflammatory disease

  • Uterine fibroids

  • Unexplained or heavy vaginal bleeding

  • A bleeding disorder 

  • Cardiovascular disease

  • A history of blood clots

  • Breast, uterine, cervical, or ovarian cancer

These factors can affect which kind of contraception your doctor recommends.

There are a lot of birth control options out there these days. Your doctor can give you a rundown of all your options, and talk you through the pros and cons of each. 

Have a question or experience to share around finding the right birth control? Join the conversation in the comments below.


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