The world of birth control can be a confusing place. Find your perfect contraceptive by picking which aspect is most important to you.
Oestrogen! Implanon! Breakthrough bleeding! Gah! The world of birth control can be a confusing place. Fret not – we’ve put together a simple list that cuts through everything else and focuses on what’s right for you. Here, you can find your contraceptive personality by picking which aspect is most important to you.
If you’re always on the go and hate planning ahead…
Try… The Injection
If you’re not good at remembering to take a pill every day, this might be perfect for you. Once injected, the progestin prevents the ovaries from releasing eggs and changes the lining of your uterus so that sperm are less likely to survive.
The fine print: You’d need to get to a clinic or doctor for the injection to be administered only every two to three months (hoorah!), depending on the exact shot you’re prescribed. It’s possible you could gain weight. Your periods might be interrupted, lighter or even non-existent.
If you love having control of everything…
Try… The Patch
If you truly can’t envision lining up at a clinic at all, the Patch might be bliss. One sticky patch, worn for three weeks. Swim, run, shower, the Patch won’t budge. You can stick it somewhere discreet, too. It’ll release hormones into your body through your skin to prevent pregnancy, and one week you’ll take it off to have your period.
The fine print: It’s not suitable for smokers, or anyone over the age of 35.
If you’re a strong Hermione and love routine and schedules…
Try… The Pill
There are different kinds of pills – some that are progestin-only, and some are a combination of hormones to help balance things, including solving acne woes. They should be taken at the same time every day, so make sure to incorporate it into your morning or evening routine.
The fine print: Side effects include mood swings, nausea, tender breasts and headaches.
You’re one step closer to finding out which birth control is best for you. To find out more, make a consult with a qualified medical practitioner on mycontraceptive.co.za.
Sources: Healthline, Zoie Health clinical experts