Knowing what kind of birth control to use can sometimes be overwhelming. We are bombarded with TV commercials, see the different ads in magazines and even our friends have their opinions based on what may or may not have worked for them. As women we should become our own health advocate, and this includes being responsible for our reproductive health. How do you know what type of birth control is right for you? Are you even comfortable talking about birth control?
Where do I start?
For many types of birth control, you will need to see your health care provider, and that’s a great time to ask them any additional questions or let them know any concerns you may have. By plugging in your zip code in the “where to get it” tab, you can also find locations near you that offer over the counter (no doctor’s prescription needed) and emergency contraception.
One more thing!
Now that you’ve taken the time to decide what type of birth control is best for you, you need to make sure you take it at the right time. Making and keeping your doctor’s appointments also help to ensure any potential problems or changes are addressed immediately. Setting up an email or text message reminder is any easy way to keep you on track.
There is also a “features” and a “questions” section where you can check out videos and read stories about women just like you. Listen to them ask questions you might have, read the latest healthcare and birth control articles and get the truth on popular myths out there. For instance, did you ever hear that you can’t get pregnant in a hot tub? Think again!
Remember sex is a choice that comes with consequences. Protect yourself from unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. Get the facts and use the tools at bedsider.org to help you successfully manage the birth control option that’s right for you.
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