The are many types of birth control methods and options available today to allow women to choose the type that best suits their lifestyle and their budget.
Every woman is different, and the variables that differentiate them will determine which type will best work for each individual.
Depending on a woman’s lifestyle, she may need to consult her gynaecologist to assist in figuring out the best choice.
The challenges vary from the simple to the medical. For example, not every woman will remember to take a pill each day. Some women are predisposed to conditions that may worsen if certain methods of birth control are employed. So whether it is the elimination of human error, health management or basic cost-effectiveness, each woman has to take into consideration what affects her when selecting the best option.
Obstetrician gynaecologist (ObGyn) Dr Ryan Halsall explores some birth control methods and their suitability for different types of women.
In general, he advises that it’s always best to choose two methods. This way there is always a veritable safety net for eventualities. For example, a condom can be paired with almost any method, and it also provides STI protection.
Let’s look at a few methods based on lifestyles:
1. The alcoholic
According to Dr Halsall, being frequently intoxicated can cause problems if you take the pill. He said chances are you may forget or throw up after swallowing it. He suggests using a condom and a long-lasting method such as the intrauterine device (IUD), injection or patch.
2. No steady partner
Dr Halsall advises that if you are dating without limits, a condom for disease protection and a hormonal contraceptive will suit you best.
3. Having sex relatively infrequently
The ObGyn explains that condoms or another barrier method, like a diaphragm, are probably the easiest options for sporadic protection. He warns that going on and off hormonal methods increases the risk of blood clots.
4. A new mom who doesn’t want to get pregnant again soon
Something long-term, like an IUD or a contraceptive implant, may be the best method for new mothers, as it does not affect breast milk production and allows for proper spacing of pregnancies.
5. Fitness freak
This is very tricky. Like all other methods, it depends on the woman’s underlying health issues and conditions, including one’s individual metabolism. Dr Halsall says for someone who is watching her figure, a method that does not create hormonal issues that may lead to weight gain is best. Always educate yourself on the side effects of all methods explored.
6. No more children
“Definitely long-term protection is best. You may try an IUD, a contraceptive implant or a permanent birth control such as sterilisation. It may be a good idea to even explore the option of vasectomy for your partner,” Dr Halsall said.
The decision is up to each individual. There is no one-size-fits-all in this decision. Always consult your doctor or nurse before starting or changing your contraceptive method.