Few things are fun about being adult. You’ve got bills to pay, groceries to buy, and doctor’s appointments to make. Sure, there are some things you can put off when you’re just not feeling like leaving the couch. But, determining the best birth control method for you isn’t one of them. It may not be a comfortable or pleasant subject for some to discuss, and women's reproductive rights are certainly a hot button and divisive issue in both politics and everyday life. But as a woman who has all ownership over her body, it's an important thing to figure out.
Surprisingly, one of the biggest issues women may have when trying to determine which birth control method is right for them, is that they either don't know what questions they should be asking, or they're too embarrassed to ask. I've seen this firsthand with women I know who still carry around the stigma of an old-fashioned world. But there are plenty of questions to consider when picking out your birth control, so don't worry if you don't know what or how to ask them yet.
I recently spoke with Dr. Rashmi Kudesia, a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist in New York, to find out what factors women should consider when finding out what birth control works best for them. By asking yourself these 11 questions, you'll be able to find an effective birth control that fits into your lifestyle. And, at the end of the day, isn't that what you want most in a birth control?