So you’ve hit your 30s, and depending on where you are in life, you may be looking for a variety of different qualities in your birth control. If you are in-between having kids, you may be looking for contraception momentarily. However, if you have already been there, done that, you may be looking for something more long-term and hassle-free. In this blog post, we will be exploring the many different birth control options for women in their early to late 30s.
The Progestin-Only Pill for Breastfeeding
This is for women who have recently had a child and are looking for something safe while breastfeeding. This daily oral contraceptive will not lower milk supply, so it’s perfect for nursing mothers. This pill protects against pregnancy via a low dose of hormones, but it’s estrogen-free.
The Combination Pill for Menopause Symptoms
The combo pill, commonly referred to as the pill, contains both progestin and estrogen. This is a daily oral contraceptive that’s a good option for women who may be between having kids because this pill is easy to stop and start back up again. The combo pill is also great for women in their late 30s experiencing early menopause symptoms. The pill contains estrogen and progestin and may help regulate the dreaded symptoms of hot flashes and irregular periods.
Implantable Devices for Busy Moms
If you need a contraceptive method that is hassle-free — especially if you have a couple kids running around — an implantable device may be just what you need. A flexible, implantable rods, roughly the size of a matchstick, is inserted into the skin of the upper arm. By releasing progestin, it alters the lining in the uterus to prevent sperm from reaching the egg and is effective for up to three years.
Intrauterine Devices for Long Periods of Time
Intrauterine devices, also known as IUDs, are T-shaped devices that are inserted into your uterus. This method releases a small amount of copper into the uterus to prevent fertilization. IUDs are a good option for women who may be done having kids, at least for a long period of time, because it’s effective for five to ten years.
If you know for a fact you are finished having kids, surgical sterilization may be the best solution. Surgical sterilization, or having your “tubes tied,” can involve tying, sealing, or cutting your fallopian tubes to prevent access to ovaries. It’s a surgical procedure that can be done numerous ways, and it’s important to discuss with your doctor which option would be best for you.
Whatever birth control option may be best for you, make sure to set up an appointment with Walnut Hill OBGYN’s to discuss these options in more detail. If you are interested in learning more about birth control options after your 30s, read our popular post about birth control options for women over 40.