Birth control isn't just the pill anymore. There are tons of options. But which one is right for you? Learn what's out there on WorldContraception Day
You will have to consider your plans for pregnancy in the future, cost, effectiveness, ease of use, side effects and whether you have any health conditions that affect which options you can use. Your healthcare professional can help answer those questions so you can determine which method will fit y...
can limit your hormonal birth control options. People with these conditions may opt for non-hormonal birth control, as long as it's reliable, because pregnancy can be riskier with some of these medical issues. It is important to discuss your past medical history with your healthcare provider so they can counsel you about which options are safe.
Does birth control increase my risk for cancers (breast, cervical, etc.)?It's complicated. According to research fromCancer.gov, the risk of breast and cervical cancers does increase over time with the use of some types of hormonal birth control — but these can also lower risk for other types of cancers, like endometrial, ovarian and colorectal. So, it's best to talk to your HCP about your particular risk profile. Non-hormonal options do not increase your risk of any cancers.
What are some possible side effects of birth control?With hormonal methods, you may experience nausea, breast tenderness, headache, bloating, mood swings, melasma or irregular bleeding. Some women experience heavy menstrual bleeding or long-term spotting when using a copper IUD. Other non-hormonal methods do not carry a risk of side effects because they don't affect any hormone levels in your body. headtopics.com
Is it safe to go on and off birth control?It is not a good idea to go on and off hormonal birth control if you are trying to prevent pregnancy because inconsistent use can lower effectiveness. For example, the pill is most reliable when you take it consistently at the same time each day to keep hormone levels from fluctuating. The constant hormones ensure that there is no ovulation and create thicker cervical mucus to prevent pregnancy. Inconsistent use of hormonal methods can also create irregular bleeding that many women dislike. Non-hormonal birth control options may be ideal if you need birth control rarely or on an as-needed basis, since they are easier to start and stop than a hormonal option.
If you don't like your current birth control method, talk to your HCP to see if there is a better option for you.This resource was created with support from Evofem Biosciences. Read more: HealthyWomen.org »
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