How to choose the right contraception
Choose your contraceptive with care
While choosing a birth control option, it’s important to first ask yourself how important is it NOT to get pregnant.
If you’re studying, unmarried or very keen not to get pregnant, I’d suggest a method with a high level of success, perhaps even a combination of methods that protects both against pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Choose a method or combination of methods so that birth control is effective if you forget to use one method or use it incorrectly.
However, for an older women trying to avoid pregnancy but wary of taking synthetic hormones, opting for another method even if it is slightly less effective than the Pill, like the diaphragm or the sponge might be advisable.
While choosing a birth control method, it’s sensible to review the list of alternatives, beginning with the most effective option, its health effects and possible side effects, and what improper use can do to reduce their effectiveness, down to the least effective option. It might also be more real if you could touch and feel different options while selecting what works for you.
Your age, health, family history and lifestyle will also play a role in determining your choices. Even if you’re a good candidate for pills, your doctor may choose to offer you an alternative because some women carry a genetic mutation that puts them at higher risk for a clot while using hormonal birth control or causes their blood pressure to rise.
Studies indicate that though teens and women in their early 20s are at most risk for sexually transmitted infections, increasingly menopausal women are being diagnosed with HIV infection worldwide. You can’t get pregnant during menopause but using protection is still important because you’re vulnerable to infections.
Medical concerns apart, contraceptive choices should be based on what method appeals to you the most. Take into account your own satisfaction, convenience, side effects, fears, and finally, your partner’s cooperation and satisfaction.