Finding the Best Advice About Contraception
Contraception is one of the most responsible and most important decisions a woman and a couple will make. Children are a joy but also a responsibility, and one that affects you for life, so making a proactive decision about when you’ll have children and how you’ll prevent pregnancy is something to take very seriously.
Unfortunately many women today turn to the wrong sources for advice about contraception, not realizing the medical issues involved and often forgetting that each person’s system and fertility rate is very, very different. As an example, someone might tell you that they use the “rhythm method,” to time their sexual activity around a woman’s ovulation cycle, and that it has worked very well for them. However, this woman and her partner may simply be less fertile than you overall, so trying the same method may not work as well and you may wind up with an unexpected pregnancy.
Your doctor is the best source of information when it comes to contraception as he or she will ensure you get sound medical advice, and that advice won’t be based on what works in general but on what will work for you. He or she will also ensure you understand all the risk factors of any birth control method as well as its failure rate; many doctors even encourage women to use more than one form of birth control when they want to be certain in preventing a pregnancy.
A doctor will also know of all the methods of contraception available, including permanent options such as a vasectomy or tubal ligation. They will also inform you of which methods of contraception protect from sexually transmitted diseases and which will not.
The internet may also provide a wealth of information but be sure you’re choosing websites that are medically sound, such as www.WebMD.com or Yahoo! Health. Sites that are selling a particular product may not be giving you unbiased information, and contraception is not a subject that should be left to chance.