When Should You Start Using Contraception?
Any woman that is sexually active should consider her method of contraception; a woman as young as ten can get pregnant, and women who thought they were in menopause have also been surprised with unexpected children.
When you begin contraception is also an important point to consider. A method such as the pill needs a prescription which means an appointment with a doctor. Other methods such as condoms or the use of a sponge or foam may take some practice, so assuming you can use it the first time perfectly may be shortsighted.
A woman may also need to consider how she will fit contraception methods into her budget. In the United States for example, not all insurance carriers will pay for the birth control pill, and other methods you purchase at the pharmacy such as condoms are relatively inexpensive but still must be considered. Planning ahead for this expense will mean ensuring you don’t miss using contraception simply because your budget was short that month.
It’s also good to research the various contraception methods available and know their risk factors as well as their failure rate. Many couples decide to use more than one method of contraception so as to increase effectiveness; this may mean the birth control pill and a condom, or another combination that works for them.
The bottom line is that contraception is not a subject that should wait until you’re ready to be sexually active, but something that should be approached seriously and cautiously. It’s good for women and even teenaged girls to be informed about their choices and options before they’re ready for sex so that they have time to do this research, speak to their doctor, and find the method or methods that will work best for them.