SURVIVOR SERIES: FINDING THE RIGHT BIRTH CONTROL FOR YOU
Having trouble figuring out what kind of birth control best fits you? How do you decide if you want the pill, the shot, the patch, the ring or an IUD? Even then, which brand? Here are some tips to help you out:
- Do your research. Search around online on trusted, medical sites for information about the effectiveness of each method, the responsibilities that come with each one (for example, you would have to take a pill every day at the same time, but an IUD only needs replacing every few years as long as it is monitored properly). It’s also a good idea to check what your insurance covers or does not cover and how much you or your parents can pay.
- Trial and error. Try out one brand of whichever method you choose based on discussions with your doctor and/or parents or your own research. Typically, you must give your body a few months to adjust to the birth control before deciding to change or not.
- Watch the signs. After a few months, did you gain a lot of weight? Are you feeling very moody? Do you have spotting in between designated times for your period? Do you have any concerning aches or pains? Depending on the method of birth control, this could mean it’s not the right brand for you. Each one has a different level of hormones. If you’re unsure or concerned about your current brand, talk to your doctor.
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