Every prescription medication we take has side effects, and some of those side effects can be unpleasant. The same goes for birth control. If you find your current birth control pills are causing troublesome side effects, you can talk to Virginia Women’s Health about changing methods. Here’s what to expect when changing birth control methods.
Talk With Virginia Women’s Health About Switching Birth Control Methods
It is essential that you speak with your doctor about wanting to change birth control methods. You may not know what method you want to prevent pregnancy, but your physician can give you some advice about what might be best for you.
Explain why you want to make a change. If you have only been taking a particular method for a short time, it’s possible to have certain symptoms which can resolve after a few months.
There are many reasons some women want to switch birth control, for instance. You may be experiencing the following:
- Unscheduled breakthrough bleeding
- Tender breasts
- Feeling nauseous
It may be as simple as trying another method. If your doctor decides to have you try another type of birth control, be sure that you leave no gaps in your protection. Some doctors may suggest you even overlap pills to be sure you are protected. If you want extra protection, use a backup plan like condoms for the first month.
If you want to switch birth control methods, ask Virginia Women’s Health for some recommendations. We will advise you about the pros and cons of each type.
There are many options which include the patch, vaginal ring, hormonal IUD, implant, shot, or copper intrauterine device.
Depending on which type you choose, you may find these also have side effects. They may include low libido, weight gain, acne, depressed mood, unwanted hair growth, loss of period, vaginal discharge, and oily skin. These side effects may decrease after several months of use.
Contact Virginia Women’s Health at (703) 435-2555 for all the facts if you are considering changing birth control methods.