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How do I know which type of birth control to choose?

By July 29, 2014 - 10:28pm
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I've never been on birth control before, but I want to start something because I am sexually active. There are so many options out there today, I don't know what to pick. How do I pick a type of birth control to take? Is one better that another?

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Hi Lindsay Brown!

Thank you for sharing your question with the EmpowHER community! 

You are right, there are so many options out there...it can be confusing and sometimes you need to try a couple until you find the one that's right for you!

Since you are sexually active, I am glad that you are taking the time to research what's available and taking responsible steps! Unplanned pregnancies are at an all time high, so it's great that you are reaching out to the community for advice!

Here are some great articles that provide specific details for you Lindsay.



I also recommend scheduling an appointment with your Gynecologist and discussing options with him or her. Also, it might be a good idea to do some routine STD testing for peace of mind. Just remember that whichever birth control option you choose will not prevent against STD unless you are using condoms as well.

Lindsay, you asked if one is better than another. The best birth control option is very specific to each women and their own situation and body. I hope these articles provide you with enough information to give you something to think about before talking with your doctor. 

Let me know what you think after reading these articles and which method you think is best for you. I'd be happy to answer any other questions you have!  Good luck!  Keep in touch!



July 30, 2014 - 12:13pm
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