Which Birth Control Method Fits Your Life?
Anxious about hormones
Youre on fire: The CEO is calling you for advice and your guy is hot, horny, and mostly available. Last thing you want is 1) a kid, and 2) bloat, moodiness, or concerns about whether theres some weird, long-term hormone issue that hasnt been discovered yet.
You need: The hormone-free copper IUD (ParaGard). If youre willing to deal with a little pre-sex prep, also consider: natural family planning, a diaphragm/cervical cap, and/or condoms.
Thinking maybe baby
Kids are definitely on the menu, but youre not ready to order yet. If it happened by accident, no big: You and your guy have already talked about where youd put the crib.
You need: A method that lets you potentially start baby-making tomorrowlike condoms or a diaphragm/cervical cap. Since youre not worried about failure rates, also consider the sponge or natural family planning.
and want to stay that way Babies? Been there, done that, and while you love the ones you have, another would be a disaster.
You need: Reliability. And if youre over 35, you probably want something with-out hormones. Sterilization is your most reliable option, but if permanence scares you, consider the ParaGard IUD.