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What method of birth control is right for you?

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? 

Bedsider is an online birth control support network that targets women from the ages of 18-27. They are a private, non-profit organization, whose goal is to help women find and learn the best birth control method for them. With 7 out of 10 pregnancies among unmarried women in this age group described as being unplanned, we need to be able to not only choose a method that’s right for us, but then also be able to use it correctly and consistently.


Where do I start?
If you look under “Birth Control Methods” it will take you to this page where you will see a wide range of available options including abstinence (the lock), male and female condoms, to oral contraceptives (aka the “pill”). You can do a side-by-side comparison which gives you a great breakdown on which methods do (and do not) prevent sexually transmitted infections (STI), convenience of use and effectiveness.



How do I get birth control?
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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