Birth control pills are great. They can help regulate your period, curb PMS symptoms like mood swings and cramps and most importantly, protect against pregnancy. Using non-hormonal birth control options is wonderful, and of course, you should always use condoms no matter what! But birth control pills can help with a lot of things when it comes to your body.
Finding a birth control that’s right for you can be quite the process. They take time to really work and no one pill is right for every woman. There are so many questions that we can answer about birth control, but there are a bunch of questions that are best answered by your doctor. They know you and your medical history better than we do, so here are 10 questions you absolutely need to ask your doctor about birth control pills:
How Effective Is It?
Some birth control pills may be more effective than others. Different pills use different hormones and have different dosages. Some pills are more time sensitive than others. Ask your doctor about your pill specifically so you know exactly how effective it is. But always know that the pill doesn't protect against STDs so use condoms too!
Will It Affect My Other Medications Or Will They Affect The Pill?
Birth control pills can affect other medications, but the real danger is other medications messing with the pill. Make sure you ask your doctor about if your medications will affect the pill and vice versa.
Will It Make Me Gain/Lose Weight?
Like I said before, every pill is different. A pill that made your friend lose weight might make you gain weight. There is no guarantee that any pill will make you lose or gain weight, but if you have concerns about it make sure to ask about it.
What Are The Side Effects?
Every pill has side effects, though some pills have more than others. Ask your doctor about the side effects of the pill you're on or are interested in taking.
What Are My Options Other Than The Pill?
There are other hormonal birth control options besides the pill like NuvaRing, shots, arm implants and intrauterine devices (IUDs). If you're worried about taking a pill or are concerned with taking it every day, ask your doctor about what other options could be right for you.
Do I Have To Take It At The Same Time?
Birth control pills are most effective when taken at the same time every day. However, speak with your doctor about your specific pill. If you're taking mini-pills, there's not as much wiggle room in terms of time. Make sure you ask your doctor specifically about your pill.
What Are The Risks?
Just like any medication, birth control pills carry risks. Some have higher risk than others like an increased risk of blood clots. It's important to know what the risks are before picking a birth control.
Will It Regulate Or Lighten My Period Or Make My Cramps Better?
I was on one pill that made my periods super light and that really helped my cramps, but took another that didn't help at all. If you're having irregular periods or terrible cramps, discuss it with your doctor. They'll be able to figure out a pill that can help.
Will It Help My Acne?
Some pills can help treat acne, but some can make breakouts worse. This is another really important thing to ask your doctor about, especially if you are dealing with acne problems.
Which Pill Is Right For Me?
There are so many different birth control pills, which can make it difficult to figure out which one is right for you. You might not find the best one for your body right away, but it's important to talk to your doctor and discuss your needs.
Do you have other questions about birth control? Tell us in the comments!