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Contraceptive Options - Questions To Ask your Doctor

Updated on April 1, 2008

Don't be embarrassed, put off or rushed through a short consult when you talk to your doctor about choosing the right contraceptive for you - pay for a long consult if need be but DO empower yourself with knowledge before rushing off with your script. Discussing all aspects of birth control with a medical practitioner is essential when it comes to understanding and taking charge of your body's health in regard to managing birth control- especially if you take oral contraceptives which affect your body's hormone levels.

The doctor will know your medical history but maybe not what type of lifestyle you lead so explain a bit about this first. Take with you a list of over the counter meds you are taking. Remember, this is your domain, your body, your future family planning scenario- you are about to make one of the most responsible and important decisions of your life, your partner's life and the

lives of your unborn children.

You may find some of these questions useful and if you don't understand the answer you get back, be a little terrier and keep asking until you do.

1. Given my age and state of health/lifestyle, which method of contraception do you suggest for me?

2. Out of all the hormone based types of contraceptives, which is the most effective and are there any I cannot take due to my medical history or the medications I'm taking?

3. If I don't opt for a hormone based contraceptive, what other alternatives are most effective?

4. Is an IUD an option for me and can it cause problems if I want to become pregnant later on?

5. How will 'the pill' affect my fertility and what do I watch out for re side effects?

6. Which form of contraceptive carries the greatest health risk, I've heard scary reports about the patch?

7. If I ever want to get pregnant when should I stop taking the pill?

8. What should I do if I fail to use contraceptives during intercourse?

9. How can I get the 'morning after' pill and if I keep one dose on standby how long will be effective for?

10. If I'm breastfeeding, what do I do about contraception?

11.Do you have information about natural birth control?

12. I don't want kids for YEARS yet, is an implant a good option for me now?

13. Are there any other resources in my community where I can get help and advice on contraceptives?

14. We have enough children now, I need information on tubal ligation and vasectomy and whether or not these methods are reversible.

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      Nokuthula 6 years ago

      i want to know about loop

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      sharon 6 years ago

      i took the pill twice in the one day at different times by mistake would this be ok

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      Dee 7 years ago

      I was on Cilest for 4 years and my doctor changed me to marviol. I'm on my second month now of taking it, and i'm on day 4 of my 7 day pill free week and i've not received my period, I've not had intercourse the last month and i know i'm not pregnant, but i always get a period. Is this normal?

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      CaroleP 9 years ago from Australia

      Dear Niamh, Thank you for your query. I do not know your medical history but your doctor will have advised you correctly re Marviol as your alternative form of birth control. Did you ask lots of questions at the consult? If going on the pill is new to you, visit my main site for a free e-book that answers lots of questions about birth control and has lots more information and some videos too

      Marviol is a monophasic, 'third generation' progestin pill which means that each of the 21 pills in the pack contain the same dose of estrogen and progestin, however, the progestin type in Marviol is LESS likely to cause side effects such as irregular bleeding and breast tenderness. This is probably why your doctor recommended this for 'starters'.

      Monitior your reactions to Marviol carefully for a couple of months before thinking about swapping pill type. Ideally, you should feel quite 'normal' if the pill suits your metabolism.

      Regardless of which pill you take, if you wish to protect yourself from an STI as well as from pregnancy you MUST use a condom - I'm sure you know this already BUT it's really sensible (and SAFER) to use backup protection during this 'gap' period until your body gets used to the change in hormone levels caused by the pill .

      All the best Niamh, be proud of yourself for being so responsible and for taking charge of your contraceptive career!

      Kindest regards Carole

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      Niamh 9 years ago

      I have just had the implanon removed on tuesday. My doctor told me to take the pill marviol the same day it was removed but I was not bleeding. is this safe?