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May 7, 2007

Which Birth Control Method Fits Your Life?

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Anxious about hormones
You’re 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 there’s some weird, long-term hormone issue that hasn’t been discovered yet.
You need: The hormone-free copper IUD (ParaGard). If you’re 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 you’re not ready to order yet. If it happened by accident, no big: You and your guy have already talked about where you’d put the crib.
You need: A method that lets you potentially start baby-making tomorrow—like condoms or a diaphragm/cervical cap. Since you’re not worried about failure rates, also consider the sponge or natural family planning.

Post-kids
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 you’re over 35, you probably want something with-out hormones. Sterilization is your most reliable option, but if permanence scares you, consider the ParaGard IUD.


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