There are a variety of birth control options to consider when selecting your preferred method of contraception. Many of the birth control options available – pills, implants, injections, rings, patches and IUDs – serve as temporary solutions for contraception, meaning that at any time, women can choose to discontinue use and have a chance of becoming pregnant in the future. Some women, who are certain that they do not wish to have any (or more) children, may be interested in learning about the options for permanent birth control. In addition to determining whether or not permanent birth control is the right option for you, you may wish to consider these things: Your lifestyle
- How often do you have to administer this birth control method? Are ease of use and convenience important to you?
- Do you and your partner agree on this birth control method?
- How many sexual partners do you have? Does this birth control method protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)?
- Do you have any religious or moral beliefs that limit your birth control options?
- Do you have any health conditions or risk factors that limit your birth control options?
- Are there any side effects or risks associated with this birth control method?
- How effective is this birth control method in preventing pregnancy? How would an unplanned pregnancy affect your life?
- Does this birth control method offer added benefits that you are interested in (i.e. lighter cycles)?
- How much will this birth control method cost you on a monthly/yearly basis?