Questions to ask before switching birth control

Are you at a point where you feel like your current birth control (contraceptive pill) is not working out for you – and now you’re considering changing it? If you feel like your current contraceptive isn’t the best for you, you need to speak to your healthcare provider at your nearest clinic about switching to a different method. Here are a few questions you should ask your healthcare practitioner when you visit them to speak about switching birth control:

What options do I have?

There are many different forms of birth control, so it’s important for you to know what they are before making your decision.

Once you’ve found out what your options are, asking these specific questions will help you compare different methods and find what’s right for you:

1. What is the cost of the method?

2. How does it work?

3. How effective is it in preventing pregnancy?

4. What are the side-effects?

Will this method work for me?

We’re all different, and a birth control method which works for your friend may not be right for you. Your health issues, allergies and even your general lifestyle and personality could affect whether a method will work for you or not. For example, if you’re a forgetful person, then the Pill may not be your best choice (since it involves taking a pill daily). Or, if you have a family history of breast cancer, certain contraceptives may not be recommended. Be sure to give your healthcare practitioner as much information as you can about your health and lifestyle, so that they can give you the best advice.

What are the side effects?

Many contraceptives come with potential side effects such as nausea and headaches. It’s very important for you to ask your healthcare practitioner about these side effects.

Can any of these help with my other health issues?

Some birth control pills can help with regulating your menstrual cycle, skin problems such as acne, and other health issues you may have. Be sure to ask your healthcare practitioner about these potential benefits.

Don’t let a bad experience with birth control in the past make you stop using contraceptives Choma. You have many options and the guidance from your healthcare practitioner will help you choose the right one.

Remember, if you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Message, a Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).

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