Frequently Asked Questions
What are the advantages of birth control?
Birth control stops you from getting pregnant. If pregnancy is something you are trying to avoid, utilizing good birth control is highly recommended. Other advantages (depending on the type of birth control you use) may include less frequent and lighter periods, reduction of PMS symptoms, and in the case of condoms, STD transmission prevention.
What birth control method is most effective?
In finding which birth control method is right for you, you are going to want to do some research as you have many different options. If you are looking for the most iron clad way to prevent pregnancy, it is recommended that you use a highly effective means of birth control (eg. IUD, birth control pill, ring), in addition to condoms. This gives you two great lines of defense against unwanted pregnancy and protects you against STD transmission as an added bonus.
Can I take birth control after I have already had unprotected sex?
Yes, depending on how much time has passed after you have had sex. Something called emergency contraception (popularly known as Plan B or the Morning After pill), can be used to prevent pregnancy up to five days after the unprotected sex occurred. Note that the efficacy of this pill diminishes with each hour after intercourse takes place. So if you are worried about becoming pregnant, it is best to get it sooner than later.
Do birth control pills cause weight gain?
No. Research shows that generally, birth control does not cause weight gain. However, the birth control shot has been seen to cause weight gain in some women.
Where can I get birth control pills?
Girls may take birth control pills for bad cramps, irregular periods, and contraception. You can get a prescription for birth control pills from your health care provider. Your health care provider will check your blood pressure and weight, ask you about your medical history and your family’s medical history, and ask whether you smoke and if you use condoms. If you don’t have any medical issues that would make taking birth control pills a problem, your health care provider will probably write you a prescription right then. You can buy birth control pills at a pharmacy or by mail order depending on your insurance plan. Your birth control pill should be free in almost all circumstances if you have health insurance. It’s normal to have a follow-up visit after you have been on the Pill for 3 months to check your weight and blood pressure. Make sure that you make an appointment long before you run out of pills so you never miss any.