A 21-year-old female asked:
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what is the best birth control, in your opinion and why?

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Dr. Kitturah Schomberg-Klaiss
28 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: If you never want to get pregnant again, the best thing is for you and your partner to both have your tubes tied (tubal ligation for her, vasectomy for him); if you want to consider getting pregnant, but not for several years, a Progesterone iud like mirena, (levonorgestrel) is a good choice. If you want to try for a pregnancy sooner, and can remember to take a pill every day, the pill; if forgetful, Depo-Provera provera.
Answered on Apr 30, 2016
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Dr. Kitturah Schomberg-Klaiss
28 years experience Family Medicine
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If you're worried about ovarian cancer, being on the pill for 5 years or more decreases your lifetime risk by 50%. Which pill you should be on is VERY individual - women with heavy bleeding problems do better on some pills than others. Basically, you need to go over the issues with your Dr to make the best choice for you.
Apr 17, 2012
Dr. Brian Nguyen
11 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
IUD/Implant: Regardless of your age, blood pressure, family history, or reactions to other birth control, the most effective and safest methods of birth control are long-acting progestin-only methods, such as the implant or the hormonal IUD, which decrease rates of endometrial cancer and decrease bleeding. They're safe, reversible, and don't affect weight gain/mood. They're almost as good as getting sterilized
Answered on May 24, 2015

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