How To Find The Best Birth Control For You

It won't be the same throughout your life.

Cassie Shortsleeve |

News flash: BC isn’t one-size-fits-all for your whole life. “Most women end up switching over the years, either because of side effects or lifestyle changes,” says WH advisor Dr Sheeva Talebian, a reproductive endocrinologist at CCRM NY. Her guidelines can help you decide the best bet for you right now.

YOUR SITCH ➔ Kids are a few years off, or you don’t want to swallow a daily pill.

  • CONSIDER A hormonal IUD. The device delivers progestin, which can prevent ovaries from releasing an egg for three to five years.

YOUR SITCH ➔ Hormonal birth control makes you feel bloated and cranky.

  • CONSIDER The copper IUD. The metal is toxic to sperm and produces a reaction that helps thwart any surviving swimmers. It lasts up to 10 years.

YOUR SITCH ➔ You’re breastfeeding.

  • CONSIDER The minipill. It’s progestin-only; the regular version also contains estrogen, which may mess with milk production.

YOUR SITCH ➔ You have painful, heavy periods.

  • CONSIDER The Pill or a hormonal IUD. Both stop ovulation, which is linked to killer cramps and change-a-pad-every-hour flows.

YOUR SITCH ➔ You’re sick of the Pill or don’t like IUDs.

  • CONSIDER The ring or patch. They halt ovulation but don’t require daily attention.

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