Having sex is about making choices. We can choose our partners, when we're ready to have sex, when to wait, and what we feel comfortable doing. Finally, we can choose to have sex in the safest way. Not getting pregnant requires you to weigh the pros and cons of all birth control methods and to choose effective birth control that you find comfortable, can use correctly and will use consistently each time you have sex. With so many options, choosing between all the available birth control methods can be difficult.
What helped you the most when deciding upon your birth control method? What factored into your decision-making process? Reading about your contraceptive decision may help other readers decide which birth control method to choose or how to best make this decision.
- After I had my second child (both planned), I knew I wanted a non-hormonal method of birth control. I was just personally no longer comfortable with artificial hormones being pumped through my body on a continuous basis. I also was uncomfortable with anything semi-permanently implanted inside my body. Not to mention the fact that our family was growing more and more concerned about "going green", and using hormonal methods wasn't in flow with that. When my husband and I were trying to conceive our second child, I learned how to chart my cycles using a symptothermal method. Seeing how easy it was to monitor my body's natural, cyclical changes, I knew I'd found the birth control method right for us. Why mess with my hormones when I can use a safe, natural, and *effective* method? I also liked that my husband could be involved. We've been successfully avoiding for almost a year now and we couldn't be happier with the method we chose.
Nothing beats personal advice
- When deciding whether to get a Mirena IUD, I talked with friends and did a lot of online research looking for individual stories. The reviews were very positive, so that definitely encouraged me to get it. Of course, I also talked with my partners about safer sex concerns (IUDs are associated with a slight increased risk) and made sure everyone was on the same page. It's my decision to make, but I wanted to make it with their input in mind! I did consult my doctor, obviously, and if she'd had concerns I would have taken them very seriously, but the most important input came from my friends and partners.
Research All Birth Control Methods
- When I choose my birth control method (the NuvaRing), I did lots of research and asked a lot of questions. I spoke with friends and my doctor. It was also helpful to know what I would and would not feel comfortable using. I tried to find the best match for me and my lifestyle.
- —Guest Marnie