Your Lifestyle, Your Birth Control

Evelyn Minaya, MD, OB/GYN Vice President of Women Caring for Women

Posted on | By Evelyn Minaya, MD, OB/GYN

There are different kinds of birth control and many different options in today’s world. Choosing one that is right for you has to depend on your lifestyle, the time that you want to invest in it, and, sometimes, where you are in your relationship. Things like family history and personal medical history also influence what type to take. While birth control of any kind is very effective (up to 99%), a lot of them are user dependent. That means that once you decide on the type of birth control you want to use, you should commit to it so it can work the best for you.

In general, there is no age limit to birth control since you could use it for so many other reasons than just preventing pregnancy. Some methods of birth control can be used to help anemia, fibroids, heavy periods, acne, irregular periods, cramps (dysmenorrhea), endometriosis, prevention of endometrial and ovarian cancer, and, for some people, premenstrual syndrome.

Most birth control methods are reversible with the exception of the permanent solutions (more on that later). You can choose how quickly you want to reverse it by talking to your physician. For example, you might want to choose the pill if you plan to get pregnant shortly after you get married. In this case, you have to come off the pill one month before trying. On the other hand, you have to wait three months when using the progesterone-only injection.

Because there are so many misconceptions about birth control, it’s imperative to review the options that are available to you and understand how they work.

Article written by Evelyn Minaya, MD, OB/GYN
Vice President of Women Caring for Women