Deciding to use birth control and the specific type is a personal choice. The choice could be influenced by a healthcare provider or birth control specialist when advising on which method may be best for each individual to safely and effectively prevent pregnancy.
Despite most birth control methods being highly effective when used correctly, there is always a chance that any method will fail and thus weighing your options with a doctor and partner is very important when making your decision.
Here are the most crucial things to consider before choosing a birth control method.
1. The desire to have children in the future – this in particular is very important especially if you have not had any child yet and you are planning on using birth control before you decide to have children. Some methods do affect your ability to have them.
2. Individual health situation/ status – some birth control methods have more side effects than others and so depending on your health as an individual, your healthcare provider should advise you on which method works for you and discourage you on the ones that don’t.
3. Level of personal comfort with the method chosen – you have to be very comfortable with the method you choose since this will contribute to the efficiency. Some methods are very uncomfortable like the IUD insertion but most mothers prefer it since it doesn’t affect the hormones.
4. Safety and effectiveness of the chosen method – ask a lot of questions to your health care provider and also do a lot of research before you choose a method of birth control.
5. The side effects – before you decide on the birth control method to use, you should learn all the negative side effects and which ones you are willing to accept and deal with and which ones are too much for you.
6. Affordability / financial means – ensure that you can actually afford the method you choose and if not, have a second best option. Make sure you have the right finances to access the right type of birth control.
7. Sexual partners / type of relationship – this is very important to note and explain to your health care provider so that you may get the right advise. A condom is the most advisable to use when it comes to multiple relationships due to prevention of HIV and STIs.
8. Frequency of sexual contact- similar to no. 7 above, how frequent you have sexual contact will determine the type of contraception that you use.
9. Lifestyle – this in particular is important to consider when choosing pills as an option of birth control. If you find it difficult to remember the right time to take you medicine avoid taking such a method for birth control. It will back fire on you-Terribly!
10. What if it backfires? – there is no birth control method that is 100% effective in preventing pregnancy except for abstinence. You need to know what to do in case the method you choose doesn’t work for you and even discuss this with your partner.