10 Birth Control Options for the Modern Woman
As a female living in today’s society, trying to find a birth control method that best suits you and your busy lifestyle can seem like a daunting task. The good news is, there are a plethora of options at your fingertips when it comes to preventing pregnancy and more; however, trying to figure out which form to proceed with can feel overwhelming.
There are so many differing and important factors to consider when looking at birth control: age, health status, potential side effects, and risks, as well as established daily routines – and these are just a few. There is also your partner and their preferences to consider as well. It’s really all about understanding what you may need and gathering the key information to make a sound choice.
As such, below is a list of 10 birth control options for the modern woman.
Most women are familiar with the pill as a form of birth control; however, women today have far more options when it comes to the traditional pill than those that their mothers used.
One option is the combination pill (e.g. Estrostep Fe, Ortho-Novum 7/7/7) that is taken orally every day. Those who are 35 years or older and smokers should refrain from this option as the increased estrogen can create blood clots. Migraine-sufferers have also complained that it can bring on headaches as well.
Another choice in the birth control pill spectrum is the mini-pill (e.g. Micronor, Nor-QD), which provides the progestin hormone only and is a lot safer for smokers, those with heart conditions, and diabetes. Still, you need to have a good memory for the min-pill and ensure it is consumed at the same time every day as even a three-hour difference could require a “back-up” plan.
Lastly, the extended-cycle pill (e.g. Lybrel, Seasonale, Seasonique) is taken daily, where a woman only experiences menstruation every three months. Might be a good choice for those women who have hard menstrual cycles, still, it’s important to note, while current research indicates there are no health hazards to not having a monthly period, more research might be needed to prove it is not unsafe.