Dear Auntie, what is the best birth control?
Well, there are a lot of really great safe and effective options for preventing pregnancy, as well as methods to keep us safe from STDs. Unfortunately, there’s not one method that works for everyone. This is because our bodies are unique and what works well for one person, may not work so well for someone else.
The best birth control method is one that you and your health care provider find together. Sometimes this is through trial and error, meaning that you may have to try a method out and decide if it is right for you.
Other things to think about are protection from STDs, including HIV. If you have multiple partners you’ll want to make sure you’re not only protected from pregnancy, but also from STDs. This can mean using a birth control method as well as condoms to protect from STDs. Your health care provider will ask about your sexual history and discuss what options might be best for you.
Find a method that’s right for you. You can check out Bedsider or Planned Parenthood’s website to find a list of all birth control methods before you visit your health care provider. This will help give you an idea of what is available to you and what you might like to try based on your health and lifestyle.
Want your birth control delivered to your door? There are a couple different options for this. Look into services like Nurx or through your pharmacy that allow you to order birth control online with free delivery.
Need help keeping track? When you decide on a method that’s right for you, you can download an app called Spot On to help you stay on top whatever method you chose. It also helps you to know more about your period, your body, and your cycle while on birth control.
Find a clinic near you. You can check with your tribal clinic, local clinic or hospital, or you can visit Planned Parenthood’s website and enter your zip code to find a clinic nearest to you. You can also call 1-800-230-PLAN.
Best of luck finding a method that’s right for you!
Thanks for writing in.