About Birth Control

 
As you continue along your adventures, starting or growing your family should be on your terms. That’s why it’s important to talk to your doctor about birth control that may be right for you to help prevent an unplanned pregnancy.
Check out our facts and figures below to educate yourself and learn how knowing your options can help support your plan.
 
About Half the Time, the Unexpected Happens
Birth Control Know-How Matters
 
Where is Birth Control on Your Radar?
When it comes to family planning, birth control can play an important role. However, some women don’t spend enough time considering all of their options. In a recent online survey of 908 women,
Talk to your doctor to learn about the wide range of reversible options available, including:
DAILY METHODS
NON-DAILY METHODS
LONGER-TERM METHODS
 
BARRIER METHODS
NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING METHODS
IF YOUR CURRENT PLANS DON’T INCLUDE A PREGNANCY, GET TO KNOW YOUR BIRTH CONTROL OPTIONS.
Here are some things you may want to bring up with your doctor when deciding on a method that’s right for you:
Want to determine the frequency that you take your birth control
Spend a lot of time traveling – whether for work or fun
Are not ready to start or grow a family
Work unpredictable, long hours
Have financial goals that don’t include starting or growing a family
Are happy with the current size of your family
Talk to Your Doctor About Birth Control Options to Help Prevent an Unplanned Pregnancy
Get Informed!
 
How to Choose Birth Control
Talking to your doctor about family planning, including birth control, can help you determine which one is right for you. In a recent online survey of 908 women, 67% of birth control users were interested in learning more about their options from their doctor.3
 
How Much Does Birth Control Cost?
Under the Affordable Care Act many different birth control options are covered by some health plans without a co-pay! Take this opportunity to talk to your doctor and explore all of your available options.
 
Put Family Planning and Birth Control on Your Radar
Help Plan Your Journey
Stay informed, talk to your doctor, and remember to put family planning, including birth control, on your radar.
1Finer LB and Zolna MR, Declines in unintended pregnancy in the United States, 2008–2011, N Engl J Med, 2016, 374(9):843–852. 2Sonfield A, Hasstedt K and Gold RB. Moving Forward: Family Planning in the Era of Health Reform, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2014. https://www.guttmacher.org/sites/default/files/report_pdf/family-planning-and-health-reform.pdf. 3Her Life Her Adventures National Survey, sponsored by Merck. January 2017.

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