What do YOU like about your birth control method?
The other day, a patient asked me: “Which birth control method is the best?” This is a great question! Although there are some methods more effective than others, “the best” method is the method that works best for you and your life. Finding a birth control that works for you may take some time as you try out different methods, but luckily we have a variety of methods to choose from. If you try a method out for 3 to 6 months (about the amount of time needed for your body to get used to the method) and aren’t happy with it or find that you are forgetting to take it, you can try another!
We asked our patients and Facebook fans what they like about their birth control method and this is what they said! You can start to see that each person has their own reasons for why their method works for them. Let us know what you like in your birth control by posting a comment or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone who submits a few sentences about their method will receive a $5 gift card to Starbucks or Jamba Juice!
“I really like the IUD because I don’t like remembering to take a pill every day. I’ve used it for over 5 years and it’s very effective.”
“I like the Implant because I don’t have to remember or think about it. It hasn’t made me moody or given me side effects. I also lost a little weight while using it.”
“I am on the Depo shot and I like that it is convenient—I am very forgetful with pills. It also just works well with my body.”
“I really like the NuvaRing and have been on it for 6 years. It’s great because I am super inconsistent with taking pills and don’t have a reliable system for being on top of it ever. With the NuvaRing, I can leave it in and not have to think about it. Plus, I have this app on my computer that tells me when to take it out and when to put a new one in. Also, I hear it is a lower dose of hormones than other birth control, which I like. Oh, finally for real now, it has also helped regulate pimples!”
“I really like the patches because they are simple and effective. I also like it because it’s easy to apply and not noticeable.”
“I like birth control (pills) because it eases the menstrual cycle and helps my period stay regular.”
“I am on (low-dose pills) and I like that the extra low dosage doesn’t make me nauseous.”
“I use condoms; I like them the most because they are non-hormonal and they also protect against STDs.”
As you can see, it’s all about finding what works for you! Make an appointment at New Gen (415.502.8336) to talk to a health educator about what YOU want in your birth control method. You can also check out previous blogs written about these various methods by using the search function on the lower right side of this page underneath the archives titled “What Cha Looking For?”. You can also visit Bedsider.org methods to learn more about the different methods and see videos of women talking about what they like in their method.
Many patients also like to know which method is most effective, which can be part of someone’s decision to pick a certain method. Check out this chart for more about the effectiveness of different methods:
Remember, the effectiveness of all birth control depends on how well you are using the birth control (not forgetting pills, getting the shot on time, removing the ring or patch correctly, etc.) If you use your method perfectly it will be more effective, and some methods (like the IUD or Implant) are easier to use perfectly! Still have questions? Email us at email@example.com
-Angela Freitas, AmeriCorps member
Reviewed by Andrea Raider, NP