Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
Birth Control (Contraception) for Women
You should strongly consider using 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?