Which Birth Control Option Is Best For You?

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Oh no, I forgot to take my pill today!

What? We used the last one last night?

I don't have time to run to the pharmacy today!

I have to wait how long before I can try to get pregnant?

If lately you have found yourself uttering these words and stressing out about your birth control, then perhaps you are overdue for a birth control check-up. If you have never used birth control before, then you definitely want to have all the facts before making such an important decision to avoid these situations in the future.

Today, women have more choices than ever when it comes to birth control and everyday more contraceptive options are approved by the FDA. Of course, with more birth control options come more choices and the most important question, "Which birth control option is best for me?" Before investing in a birth control method, start by taking an assessment of your needs, desires, health and lifestyle.

Here are some questions to ask yourself when deciding which birth control option is best for you:

  • Are you 35 years of age or older?
  • Is your overall health good or do you have specific health issues such as diabetes, obesity or high blood pressure?
  • Do you smoke?
  • How often do you have sex, and how many partners do you have?
  • Do you want to have children in the future, and if so, how soon? and
  • Do you have a health care provider and health insurance?