Contraceptives are taken to prevent pregnancies and control your menstrual cycle, among other reasons. There are many different types of contraceptives. What will work for your body and lifestyle may not be sufficient for someone else. Before choosing birth control treatments, you need to factor the following considerations.
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Physicians prescribe contraceptives based on effectiveness. Some birth control methods are more effective than others. Some medication works by preventing the sperm from reaching the egg, or by damaging the sperm. Other treatments work by blocking the egg from being released each month or altering the uterus’ conditions so that an egg does not attach to it.
The birth control methods that require little effort are the most effective. For example, intrauterine devices (IUDs), sterilization, implants, condoms, pills, and patches require little effort. If used consistently and in the right manner, these treatment options are very effective. The least effective contraceptives require a lot of self-control like periodic abstinence, fertility monitoring, and withdrawal before ejaculation.
Your physician will choose a contraceptive based on your reproductive needs. For example, if you want to get pregnant in the future, they will choose a method that can be stopped or reversed easily. In this case, short-term contraceptives like the barrier methods and hormonal methods will be best suited for you.
If you plan on preventing pregnancy for a longer duration, your doctor will prescribe a long-term measure like an IUD. If you do not want to get pregnant anytime, your doctor will give you a permanent solution, like sterilization. It is good to choose a birth control treatment after you are entirely certain and after revealing to your physician your intended goals.
One of the most critical factors that your physician will consider before prescribing contraceptives is your medical condition. Your doctor will look into your medical history. Some birth control methods are not suitable if you have diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, and lupus.
Additionally, specific uterine abnormalities will not allow you to get IUDs. Make sure you divulge all the details about your medical history. Do not resist the doctor’s request for a physical as this will prevent you from suffering adverse side effects.
When prescribing contraceptives, physicians usually consider the side effects that a patient can tolerate. This is one of the reasons it is vital to disclose to your doctor all your medical conditions. Some contraceptives cause side effects that may be intolerable.
Some common side effects include nausea, weight gain, hair or skin changes, depression, cramping. These side effects are easy to endure, but other effects may be intolerable. Some medications can result in heavy bleeding between periods and headaches.
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Physicians give contraceptives based on one’s age, sexual activity, and lifestyle habits. If you are below 35 years and a smoker, the doctor may prescribe a combination of family planning medication. This is because you are still young and immune to certain health risks.
However, if you are older than 35 years old and still smoke, this is a different case. As a smoker at this age, your doctor will advise you against medication with combined hormonal contraceptives like the ring, pill, or the patch. These risk factors, combined with oral contraceptives, increase your likelihood of suffering from a stroke.
The birth control medication best suited for you will also depend on your periods. If you have heavy periods, there is family planning treatment that can resolve this. Most hormonal birth control can regulate your menstrual cycle and promote lighter periods. For example, the hormonal IUD helps with periods that stop abruptly.
It is essential to disclose to your doctor whether your periods are erratic or long, which is a sign of polycystic ovary syndrome. If you have pelvic pain when you are having your periods, you probably have endometriosis. Your doctor will prescribe hormonal birth control that will address these conditions.
Protection Against STDs
Your physician will want to know how sexually active you are. If you are not in a monogamous relationship, you will need a solution that prevents you from pregnancy and offers protection against STDs. You should use condoms consistently and correctly to protect yourself from STDs if you have several sexual partners.
If you are in a monogamous relationship, the doctor will prescribe non-barrier methods like patches, pills, and IUDs. These options only protect you from pregnancy. It might be advisable to go for STD tests with your partner to ensure these are the right options.
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Birth control is not as simple as walking into a physician’s office and getting medication. Your doctor will ask you a few questions and run some tests to determine your fitness for specific family planning medication. You can count on Mango Clinic for affordable, effective, and quality birth control treatment. Alternatively, you can visit us at our Miami Offices and give us a chance to provide you with quality birth control treatment.