Questions and Answers
Also known as contraception, birth control is a way of preventing pregnancy. Different types of birth control include condoms, pills, patches, shots, and vaginal rings, which are temporary. Tubal Ligation and Vasectomy are more permanent forms of birth control. Speak with a doctor to know which method for your lifestyle and needs.
Birth control has several advantages beyond pregnancy prevention. It regulates menstrual cycles and provides relief for painful menstruation, it can also minimize hormonal acne and reduce risks of anemia.
The most common form of birth control are oral contraceptives (pills), tubal ligation (tying the fallopian tubes), and condoms.
Whether or not birth control causes weight gain will depend on the individual, but generally tends to be a rare side effect. It’s often a temporary side effect that’s due to fluid retention, not actual weight gain which goes away within 2 to 3 months. If you’re experiencing any weight gain while using birth control, talk to a doctor to get medical advice.
Hormonal birth control does not cause infertility. Birth control is designed to temporarily delay fertility and prevent pregnancy. Once you stop taking contraception, normal fertility levels will eventually return after a month or so.
Birth control can delay or stop your menstrual period. This is called menstrual suppression and there are multiple ways it can be stopped for weeks, months or even years. See a doctor and get medical recommendations on which birth control to use to get you started with menstrual suppression or to discuss which birth control is less likely to stop menstruation.
Birth control pills are safe for most people. You can safely take them for however long you need or until you reach menopause, as long as you are in good health. A doctor will be able to conduct a proper evaluation to determine which method of contraception is the safest for you.
The best way to know which birth control to use is to speak with a doctor. The doctor will help you choose the right birth control based on your lifestyle, preferences and health condition.
The only forms of birth control that protect against STDs are abstinence and condoms (internal & external).
Taking birth control pills while being pregnant does not seem to have any risks, however, it is advised to stop taking them once you know that you’re pregnant. If you’d like to learn more, book an appointment to speak with a Rocket Doctor.