- Fertility & Reproductive Systems
Birth Control - Planning on having children
Discussion about Birth Control
If you aren’t planning on having children or want to really plan when to have them, you need to subscribe to some form of birth control. Birth control is a method to prevent unwanted pregnancies or to help plan them. To have sex without birth control is taking a chance of having an unwanted pregnancy. There are many things to think about when deciding on birth control.
The most effective way of birth control is to not have sex or abstain. This is not always an easy thing to do so there are many other ways of finding a good method. There are many different kinds of birth control so it is best to find one that works for you and your lifestyle. Researching the one that will help you is a good idea as one kind may not be as effective as another. Planning when to have children will also be a consideration when choosing a method. As you get older your method may have to change.
You will need to see a doctor to get a prescription for birth control pills, get fitted for a diaphragm or have an IUD inserted. You can buy condoms, sponges and spermicidal over the counter at a drug store if you are 17 or over. A birth control that uses hormones is best for preventing pregnancy. It’s important to find a method that works for you every time. One method or another may have different side effects so it is important to try several different methods to find the one that works for you.
Some health issues may affect which method will be safe for you. Any serious health issues such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes can limit your choices. Also, if you have ever had breast cancer, smoke, or have a sexually transmitted disease. You will need to discuss with your doctor which method will work best. Birth control will not prevent sexually transmitted diseases.
There are many choices of birth control, each with pros and cons. Some of the types of birth control are birth control pills, shot or patch. The Barrier method is the use of condoms, diaphragms, and sponges which you must use every time you have sex. Permanent birth control is just that, permanent. A woman can get her tubes tied and/or a man can have a vasectomy. This works best if you have decided to never have children. If you forget to use your birth control or if a condom breaks, there is an emergency contraception for backup – the morning after pill. Be sure you know how to use the method you are using. Ask your doctor if you are unclear of how and when to use your birth control.
Today, there are more options than ever –and more information about those options are in articles on the internet. Ask your health insurance provider if they cover the cost of your birth control. If you don’t have a personal physician, you can go to a Planned Parenthood health center.