What are the various factors involved in choosing the right birth control method?
There are two primary major factors that needs to be considered together while choosing the right birth control method: pregnancy and risk of Sexually Transmitted Diseases. If the intent is to prevent pregnancy and there are no plans of having children in the future, one can adopt the permanent birth control methods. However, those involving in sexual activity with multiple partners are more prone to Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), as the permanent birth control methods do not protect against STDs. Those in the plans of postponing the pregnancy or those having multiple sex partners can always opt for the temporary birth control methods.
While doing so, it is also necessary to assess the side effects of each methods along with the cost necessary to adopt it. For example, hormonal oral pills can be taken but certain pills need to be taken exactly the same time the pill was taken the previous day; otherwise it won’t be effective. Intrauterine devices (IUDs) incurs a huge cost and it also causes the uterus to expand causing pain; hence, IUDs are mostly suggested for women who are already having children. Male condoms are considered to be more effective than the female condoms both in terms of pregnancy and STDs and hence considered the best option, unless the man is allergic to latex or polyurethane.