Birth Control Methods
Is birth control right for me?
If you are of childbearing age, you may consider using a form of birth control to prevent becoming pregnant. The practice of preventing pregnancy is as old as human existence. For centuries, humans have attempted to avoid pregnancy at certain times of their lives to accommodate their careers, marital situations, and preferences.
The ability to control whether and when you become pregnant can affect your ability to achieve your own goals and can contribute to your sense of well-being.
What type of birth control is best for me? Does my situation in life affect my choice of birth control?
Your choice of birth control method involves factors such as how easy it is to use, safety, risks, cost, and personal considerations. Each form of birth control has its own advantages and disadvantages.
If you are a woman and would have trouble remembering to take a pill each day, daily birth control pills may not be your best choice. Talk with your health care provider about the method that is right for you.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/28/2014
Omnia M Samra, MD
Bryan D Cowan, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Lee P Shulman, MD
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