Choosing which contraception method is best for you can be difficult - especially if you don't know all your options. Doing your research and making an appointment with your doctor to specifically discuss your options is a very good idea. To get you started, here are 5 questions you might want to consider asking your GP when it comes to contraception.
What are my contraception options?
There are many contraception options available. It's important to do your research and take the opportunity to have an open and honest discussion with your GP so they can help you choose the contraception that best suits your lifestyle.
Could any health problems make certain contraception methods unsuitable for me?
Your GP will ask you about your past health history, any current medications and discuss the potential risks or side effects of each option. Some of these may impact your choice of contraceptive method and you don't want an option that essentially isn't right for you.
How do different contraception methods affect my menstrual cycle?
So that you are aware of any changes that might occur, it's important to understand how your menstrual cycle may be affected prior to choosing a contraceptive option. Every woman is different so your GP can talk you through how each method may affect your cycle.
How effective is this method at preventing pregnancy?
If preventing pregnancy is essential for you right now, it's important to understand how effective your contraceptive choices are. Contraceptives are most reliable when they are used according to their instructions. Inconsistent or incorrect contraceptive use can put women at risk of unintended pregnancy. For example, women who are forgetful or have busy schedules may find it difficult to comply with contraceptive options that require daily action.
How does the method impact sexually transmitted infections (STI) transmission?
Protecting against STIs is an important consideration in terms of contraceptive choice, especially for women who have casual or multiple sexual partners. The best way to lessen the risk of STIs is to use contraceptive barriers, such as male and female condoms. Similar to women in steady relationships, women who have casual sexual partners need to also protect against pregnancy. If you are concerned about your ability to enforce condom use at every act of intercourse you should talk to your doctor about using another method in addition to condoms.