If you’re less well organised, you might be better off choosing a contraceptive that you don’t have to think about so frequently. For example, the contraceptive injection has to be renewed only every three months, while an implant will provide you with protection for three years.
If you suffer from heavy, painful periods, it’s worth thinking about using birth control that will make these lighter or more infrequent. Contraceptives that fall into this category include the pill, patch, injection, IUS and vaginal ring.
Lifestyle habits can also impact on your choice of birth control. For example, if you’re a smoker and you’re aged 35 or over, certain contraceptives (such as the combined pill or vaginal ring) are not suitable. Being overweight can also have an impact on which contraceptives are suitable for you. You can ask your doctor for advice on this.
Just because you’re not keen to get pregnant right now doesn’t mean you won’t want to conceive in the near future. It’s worth bearing in mind that your fertility may take longer to return to normal after using certain birth control methods.
If you want your fertility to get back to normal as soon as you stop taking contraception, consider using the implant, IUS, IUD, diaphragm, cap or condom. Also, you can get pregnant soon after stopping the combined pill, progestogen-only pill, vaginal ring or contraceptive patch.