No. One size does not fit all when it comes to birth control. Research shows that the more contraceptive options available, the greater prevalence of birth control use in general and the lower the rate of unplanned pregnancies.
Because when people have options, they can find a birth control method that works best for them. They are therefore more likely to use it, and use it correctly.
There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a birth control method and no one family planning option works for everyone. In fact, most people will need different birth control options at different stages of their lives. A woman who chooses a hormonal birth control option at one point may want to use a natural birth control option at another. She may even want sterilization when she feels that her family is complete.
Some of the issues to be considered when choosing a birth control option include:
- Short term future family plans
- Long term future family plans
- Level of involvement required
- Difficulty of use
- Protection against sexually transmitted diseases
- Partner’s willingness to use
- Pre-existing health issues
No wonder we need options!
It’s important for anyone who is considering their birth control options to weigh the different issues and decide what matters most to him or her. Whether it’s concern about side-effects, effectiveness, low cost, potential affects on future fertility, preventing STDs, or any number of other issues, it is important to consider the pros and cons of each contraceptive option available and make the right choice for you.
We have already posted about the issue of birth control effectiveness and will take a closer look at some of the other factors involved in deciding on the right birth contraceptive option in future posts.
Any other issues that have factored into your decision? Let us know.