Choosing a Birth Control Method

There are several factors to consider when choosing a method of birth control that is right for you. Some of these factors include the level of effectiveness of the birth control, personal preferences, and whether you have certain medical issues. If you are not satisfied with your current form of birth control, talk to your partner and healthcare provider about other possible options.

An Overview of Choosing a Birth Control Method

Choosing a birth control method is an important and highly personal decision. No one method is right for all women. Personal preferences, medical issues, and effectiveness are all important factors when making the decision.

Choosing an Effective Method of Birth Control

Importantly, birth control methods vary widely in terms of effectiveness, even when they are used perfectly (see Birth Control Failure Rates for more information). If it is very important for you to avoid pregnancy, a highly effective method (or combination of methods) should be considered. If you are ambivalent about preventing pregnancy, a less effective method may be a good option.
Of course, no method works well if it is not used correctly and consistently. This is where personal preferences come into play. If you or your partner dislike your chosen method, you will be less likely to use it consistently. Similarly, if your method is too difficult or confusing, you will also be less likely to use it correctly.
It is also important to consider that not all methods of birth control help to protect against sexual transmitted diseases and infections.

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Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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