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Five Things to Know Before You Talk with Your Doctor About Birth ControlYou have many choices when it comes to birth control and that’s why a discussion with your health care provider is important. But before that visit, here’s some homework to complete so you’re ready for that discussion.

Know Your Options

You can choose non-hormonal birth control such as condoms, an IUD, diaphragm or cervical cap, or permanent birth control through vasectomy for men or tubal ligation for women.  Hormonal methods include birth control pills, patches and implants. There’s also abstinence and natural family planning to track your ovulation and avoid sex during that time.

Know Your Lifestyle

Which form of birth control fits the way you live? For example, are you comfortable with using barrier methods every time you have sex? For birth control pills, would you prefer one that can limit the number of periods you have per year, or maybe a pill that’s chewable?

Know Your Preferences

Do you want a birth control method that’s controlled by the man or the woman? Would you rather not use hormones for birth control?  Can you remember to take a daily pill or is it better to use a longer-lasting contraceptive?

Know Your Medical History

Tell your health care provider about medical conditions like high blood pressure or a history of blood clots. Do you suffer from migraine headaches? This could affect your ability to take hormonal contraceptives. And bring a list of all the prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and any supplements you take.

Know Your Sexual History

Be ready to share information about your sexual practices, condom use, current and recent sexual partners, or any history of sexually transmitted infections.

And Be Honest

Your health care provider is there to help you and not judge you, so be truthful about your sexual practices and history. It will help them recommend the best and safest birth control method for you.

Northline Women's Health Center Locations:

15675 Northline Road

Southgate, MI 48195

(734) 282-3600
(734) 282-3603 - Fax

23050 West Road, Suite 210

Brownstown Twp., MI 48183

(734) 362-7000
(734) 362-7077 - Fax