If and when you start a family can be tricky with so many things to factor in. For us we have decided there will be no more children and opted for the final method with Ollie having a vasectomy this year. However it wasn’t an easy choice and for many its too final! So what do you have to think about with so many different options on offer?
Choosing the right type of contraception is really important so you must ensure its not a rushed disunion and that you that you take your time to ensure that you pick one that will work for you.
As it’s pointed out in the ‘Talking Health’ digital magazine from LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor, the method you go for will depend on a range of factors, including your lifestyle, your health and any plans you may have for starting a family in the future.
To help you get started, here are three questions you should ask yourself when you’re which method will work best for you.
- What are my options?
There are over 10 different contraceptive methods for you to choose from, including the combined pill, condoms and the IUD, so it’s important that you understand your options. To suss out which type of contraception is right for you, you should speak to your GP, make an appointment at the family planning clinic, or you could carry out your own research online on trusted sites such as LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor.
- Are there any side effects?
Like with many medicines, some methods of contraception can cause side effects, so it’s worth knowing what to expect. For instance, the combined pill can make you feel sick. You could also find that your breasts feel tender and you may even notice a change in your mood and weight. However, not all women experience these symptoms, and if you do, they usually subside after the first three month of using the pill.
- Does it protect me against STIs?
When it comes to practicing safe sex, did you know that there’s more to it than preventing pregnancy? Unless you’re careful between the sheets, you could be putting yourself at risk of developing a sexually transmitted infection (STI) too. These infections are passed from one partner to the other during unprotected sex, and if they’re left untreated, they can lead to serious health implications such as infertility. So, to keep your wellbeing in check, it’s worth understanding which methods of contraception offer protected against STIs.
Currently, condoms are the only form of contraception that can protect against STIs and prevent pregnancy. If a different type of contraception works suits you, you might want to consider using condoms as well.
For more help and advice about contraceptives, you should speak to a medical professional.