Questions to Ask
When discussing your birth control options with your primary care doctor or gynecologist, you’ll probably have some questions. Review this list before your appointment, or print it out to bring with you.
- Which method would be best for my age and level of sexual activity?
- Is there a pill for birth control that will also take away my painful periods?
- Can I get pregnant if I am breastfeeding?
- Do cheaper generic birth control pills work as well?
- Must I always use condoms if I have a history of herpes or HPV?
- If I have never had a baby, can I still get an IUD inserted?
- Would over-the-counter spermicides work for me?
- Is natural family planning or withdrawal effective?
- What should I do if I forgot to use contraceptives during intercourse?
- Do I need to take a break from hormonal control periodically?
- Are there any types of contraceptives that would be interfere with my other medications?
- What type of contraception should I use if I am nursing my baby?
- If I don’t want hormones, what method would work well for me?
- Will I still be able to have children in the future with this method?
- How long will it take to become fertile after I stop this method of birth control?
- If there is stroke or breast cancer in my family history, can I still take the birth control pill?
- Are vasectomies or tubal ligations reversible?