Birth Control Options That Fit Your Lifestyle

Birth Control,Dr. Srisawai Pattamakom, Ideal Women’s Health Specialists

With many birth control options available, it can be difficult to figure out which one is best for you. Many women experiment with different kinds of birth control to find one they like best and many look to different kinds of birth control as they progress to new stages in their lives.

Whether you’re choosing your first form of birth control or ready to try something new, Dr. Srisawai Pattamakom at Ideal Women’s Health Specialists can educate you about the benefits and drawbacks of each method and help make your choice easier. One thing she helps you assess is how various options fit your lifestyle.

Do you need just birth control or also STI protection?

Some types of birth control, such as condoms, provide protection from sexually transmitted infections as well as birth control. If you’re at risk of contracting STIs, you should consider using condoms. However, with an effectiveness rate around 80%, condoms have a lower rate of pregnancy prevention than other methods of birth control, such as oral contraceptives or intra-uterine devices (IUDs). Because of this, many women who need STI protection combine condoms with a second, more effective type of birth control.

Do you like to be in control of your birth control?

If you’re someone who wants the extra security of knowing you’re the one in control of your birth control, you may opt for oral contraceptives, the patch, or the ring. All of these options allow you to take your medication on a daily or monthly basis. However, they have the added benefit of allowing you to stop taking them whenever you want. For example, if you decide the ring isn’t working for you, you can take it out before it’s time to switch it without negative side effects. However, keep in mind that you’ll no longer be protected against pregnancy and that starting and stopping birth control often can have unwanted side effects.

Do you want to know you’re protected and forget about it?

Whether you have too much stress in your life or are simply forgetful, you may not want to think about preventing pregnancy on a daily or even monthly basis. In this case, long-term birth control may be the answer for you. Implants and IUDs are highly effective forms of birth control that last three years or longer, depending on which type you choose. These can be great options if you’re looking for a long-term solution that you don’t have to keep track of regularly. However, in the case of an IUD, you need to ensure the device is properly placed by occasionally checking its string.

Do you have difficult periods?

If you’re unhappy with your monthly cycle because you have heavy periods, painful cramps, or severe mood swings, certain types of birth control can help stabilize your monthly experience. Oral contraceptives have been associated with lighter, less painful periods in about 56% of women. However, it’s important to realize that reactions to birth control methods vary. Dr. Pattamakom can help you choose the best method for your specific needs, but you may want to try a couple of birth control methods to find the one most comfortable for you.

Are you concerned about your sex life?

If you’re worried about pregnancy, sex can be a stressful experience. In a recent study, oral contraceptives, IUDs, and sterilization were all seen as having an overall positive impact on a person’s sex life while condoms were found to have a more negative impact. If you’re worried about maintaining your sex life or want to improve it, you should let Dr. Pattamakom know your concerns.

Birth control is an important aspect of health care that impacts many parts of your life. It’s important for you to choose a method that you’re comfortable with and that works with your lifestyle. Call today to set up an appointment with Dr. Pattamakom to learn more about birth control and which option might be best for you.

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