Once you’ve hit your 20s, you have probably had the discussion with your OBGYN about sexual health and preventing pregnancy. However, there are so many types of birth control out there, you may be wondering which type works best for your lifestyle right now. Whether it be college or starting your career, it’s important to find a birth control that has the highest percentage of effectiveness for you.
You’re at the peak of your fertility in your 20s and have the highest chance of getting pregnant if you are not properly protected. Most OBGYNS will recommend the daily combination contraceptive pill. The combo pill has both estrogen and progestin that work in combination to prevent the ovaries from releasing eggs. This method only works if taken regularly, so if you’re good with a schedule, this is a good option for you.
Implantable Device or IUD
If your lifestyle is so crazy you have forgotten the last time you ate, a more long-term option may be better for you. An Implantable Device is a tiny, flexible rod that contains progestin, which prevents sperm from reaching the egg. The device is implanted into your upper arm and is left in place for up to three years. IUDs, on the other hand, are inserted vaginally and placed near your uterus. Once implanted, IUDs are good for up to five years. Be sure to ask your OBGYN for the best option for you.
All OBGYNs would recommend using a secondary barrier with your birth control, especially for women in their 20s due to heightened fertility. If you’re sexually active and are with multiple partners, using a secondary barrier is the best way to protect you from both pregnancy and STDs. Secondary barriers include the use of male or female condoms, diaphragms, or cervical caps.
Personal medical history
Try not to jump on the bandwagon when it comes to the latest and greatest birth controls out there. Take the time to discuss your personal and family medical history, physical health or habits, such as smoking, with your OBGYN. All of those factors play an important role in a birth control choice.If you are in your late 20s and are looking for more options, read our next post, Birth Control Options for Women in Their 30s. Find the best birth control option for you. Call Walnut Hill’s OBGYNs today and set up an appointment.