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Choosing a Birth Control Method

Medical Issues

Medical issues are most likely to come into consideration for women who choose a hormonal method of birth control, such as birth control pills, patches, or rings. For instance, birth control pills may not be a good choice for women who are likely to experience blood clots, as the pills can increase the risk for clots. This is one of the reasons that hormonal birth control methods are available only with a prescription.
Allergies and sensitivities can also be a factor. For instance, some women may be allergic to latex condoms or to spermicide. It is unlikely for a woman to be allergic to birth control pills.

Talk About It

If you are unhappy with your current method of birth control, talk about it. Talk with your partner and talk with your healthcare provider. You may find a method that is more suitable to your needs and preferences. There is no need to settle for a birth control method that is not right for you.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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