Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
Birth Control (Contraception) for Women
You should probably use a reversible option such as hormonal methods or an intrauterine device (IUD). Barrier methods such as male and female condoms or a diaphragm also can be considered. But barrier methods are less reliable methods of pregnancy protection.
Most women prefer to start with a hormonal method, such as birth control pills. First, let's be sure that you don't have a medical reason to avoid hormonal types of birth control.
Of the types of hormonal contraceptives, some contain a combination of estrogen and progesterone. Others contain only progesterone.
Some women should probably avoid hormonal contraceptives. It's safest to not take hormones if you
-- Have a history of blood clots
-- Have breast cancer
Do you have a history of blood clots or breast cancer?
- General Health
- See also
- Birth Control (Contraception) for Women
- Blacking Out, Fainting, or Loss of Consciousness
- Blood Magnesium Test
- Daytime Drowsiness
- Diffuse Muscle Weakness
- Diffuse Pain
- Excessive Body and Facial Hair in Women
- Fever in Adults
- Forgetfulness Memory Loss
- Helping Dry Skin
- Hot Flashes
- Insomnia During Pregnancy
- Itching Without Rash
- Jaundice in Adults
- Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy
- Numbness or Tingling
- Positive ANA
- Positive Rheumatoid Factor
- Unexplained Weight Gain
- Unintentional Weight Loss
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