Every body is different, and birth control can affect the body in a number of different ways. As such, there’s no one-size-fits all solution to birth control, and sometimes it takes some trial and error to get a good fit. There are a few sure signs that your body might need a different contraception method, so here’s what you should look out for if you’re worried that your current birth control is not right for you.
- If it’s making you sick. Nausea is a common side effect of birth control, but there’s a difference between passing waves of nausea and nausea so intense that you can’t sleep. If your birth control makes you vomit or feel so sick to your stomach that you can’t function in your daily life, call a doctor. It’s normal to experience some nausea when starting a hormonal birth control method, but this can often be helped by taking your pill with food, at nighttime. All side effects of hormonal birth control should wear off in 2-3 months time. However, if you’re feeling like this is a long time to wait out your symptoms, don’t. Talk to your doctor about switching birth control methods.
- If it hurts. Your birth control can have side effects, but pain shouldn’t be one of them. If your IUD, hormonal implant, or vaginal ring is causing you pain, this might be a sign that it was inserted incorrectly. If you have an IUD, check the strings to make sure they’re even and in place. If they aren’t, this might be a sign that your IUD has become displaced—an issue that can lead to serious medical complications down the line. If your vaginal ring is causing you pain, remove it immediately and re-examine the insertion instructions. It should fold and sit comfortably in the vagina, like a menstrual cup. If you can’t insert your vaginal ring without experiencing pain, call your gynecologist and use a backup method of contraception in the meantime. Basically, if your birth control is causing you any kind of physical pain, call your doctor. Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong, so listen to it!
- If you can’t take it effectively. Most birth control methods are highly effective...when used correctly. However, you might be experiencing life factors that make it difficult to use your method perfectly—for example, schedule changes that make it hard to remember to take your pill, change your patch, or administer your shot, or a sickness that causes chronic vomiting or diarrhea (in which case oral contraceptives cannot be absorbed properly). If you find yourself constantly forgetting your birth control, or worrying about taking it correctly, it might be a sign that you should switch contraceptive methods. With so many available, why settle for one that leaves you guessing?
- If you don’t feel like yourself. Birth control can have unpleasant side effects but that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice yourself to protect yourself from pregnancy. There are so many methods of birth control out there, you deserve one that won’t compromise your mental or physical health. If you’ve started on birth control that is making you feel uncomfortable in your own skin, talk to your doctor about switching methods.
- If it’s not meeting your needs. People go on birth control for a number of reasons besides pregnancy protection. Whatever your needs are, your birth control should be meeting them. If you went on the pill to clear up your acne and your pill isn’t accomplishing this, work with a doctor to find another brand that will. Birth control is powerful medication that should work for you, not against you. If your birth control is not doing the work you want it to do, it’s time to switch.
Simple Health cares about getting you the birth control that works best for you. We take your health history and personal preferences into consideration, but if your initial prescription is not working out, our team is here to help you figure out which option is right for you, regardless of how much trial and error it takes. We’re a team of real people who care about giving you the best birth control experience possible, especially if it’s your first time. So if your birth control isn’t meeting your needs, whatever they may be, take our consultation at Simple Health and we’ll get you taken care of.