Roughly 25% of women fall pregnant accidentally while they’re on birth control. Why? Because they’re either not happy with the method they’re using (and therefore not fully committed to using it properly), or their contraception doesn’t match their lifestyle.
If you and your current method aren’t vibing, it’s a good idea to consider switching birth control methods to one that suits you better.
7 Signs you should consider switching birth control options
1.No matter how hard you try, you can’t remember to take your pill
The odd slip up here or there may not be the end of the world – for example, forgetting to take your pill once every few months, then taking it a few hours later – but women who aren’t feeling this method sometimes miss up to four pills per month. If this sounds like you, there’s a huge risk of unplanned pregnancy and you should definitely consider an alternative.
2.You so done with spotting
Spotting – also known as breakthrough bleeding – is when you notice that you’re bleeding in between periods. Some methods of contraception will cause this at first, but it should go away. If yours hasn’t, it’s nothing to worry about, but it’s likely pretty annoying. You may need to change the type of pill you’re on or change the method you’re using to one that suits your body better. Chat to your doctor or clinic ASAP.
3.You literally can’t see straight
If you’ve started experiencing migraines accompanied by vision changes since you started taking the contraceptive pill, speak to your doctor right away. Studies have found that women who take birth control pills and get migraines (especially when accompanied by ‘aura’, or changes to their vision) are at greater risk of strokes and blood clots. A non-hormonal contraceptive, like the IUD or condoms, may be safer for you.
4.People clear a path when they see you coming
Occasional mood swings are common, especially when you’re on hormonal methods of birth control. But if people have been ducking for cover ever since you started on your contraceptive method, it may be a sign that it’s time to think about switching birth control methods to one with different levels of progestin – the hormone responsible for causing mood swings.
5.You’ve taken a time-out on sexy time
Zero libido? In some cases, the pill can cause your sex drive to drop right off. Although this isn’t always the case, if you’ve found that your libido has taken a knock, chat to your doc. There are other options that are likely to suit you better.
6.You have unpleasant side effects
Whether it’s bloating, excessive weight gain or break-outs, if you’re feeling less than amazing, it’s definitely time to consider switching. Describe your symptoms to your doctor or clinic and they’ll be able to help identify a more suitable option for you.
Finding better birth control options
There are many types of contraception available, including these nine types of birth control you may not have heard about. So, no matter your age or lifestyle, there’s a method to match your body and your needs.
Pop into your nearest Marie Stopes centre and we’ll be able to help you discover the option that’s best for you.