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Brides: Finding the Right Birth Control

Now that you are getting married, you might find that your birth control needs are changing. Since you are in a monogamous relationship, you don't have to worry about contracting an STI, so birth control methods that weren't an option before may suddenly be perfect for you. Plus, you may want to think about more suitable options depending on whether or not you are planning on having kids.

If you are thinking about starting a family soon, you can continue using condoms - because they are easy. If you don't want to be bothered IN the moment the Pill or other hormonal methods are great options. The monophasic birth control pills, the Patch, an IUD like Mirena, or the Nuvaring are effective at preventing pregnancy, and you'll begin ovulating soon after you stop using them.

If kids are in your near future, and you are using a long-term method of birth control such as the Depo-Provera shot, or the Implanon insert, you may want to consider going off of these soon after you get married. It can take up to a year for your body to get back to its normal cycle. You can use one of the above forms of birth control such as the Pill or condoms, until you know you're ready to start your family. You have talked about whether the two of you want kids, right?

Of course after you say "I Do," if you and your husband are planning on getting pregnant right away, you'll want to get off any form of birth control and possibly work on charting your cycle using the Fertility Awareness Method. That way you'll know which days are the best for getting preggers.

Fit's Tips: Now that you are entering this new stage in your life, if you aren't seeing one already, than switch to a gynecologist who's also an obstetrician. It's good to build a relationship with a doctor who could deliver your future children. They'll also be able to give you advice about birth control methods that will fit with your married lifestyle.


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bonbonfay bonbonfay 9 years
Careful with the Depo - it can causes serious compromise in bone density if you are on it for more than 2 years. I learned about all the warnings after I had been on it two years and dropped it immediately. After trying a bunch of pills, I'm liking YAZ. It's such a low dose of hormones that it doesn't make me all wacked out...which I'm sure my husband appreciates! :-)
Fitness Fitness 9 years
smart blonde - I see your point about the STIs. When a friend of mine went to the gyno recently, they asked if she wanted to get tested for Clamydia. She said "Of course not, I"m married." And the doctor said "That's how most women find out there husbands are cheating on them!" She was appalled and switched doctors. I guess it can happen though, but you hope you don't have to worry about your man sleeping around! As far as switching to an OB - I agree, you only need to switch if you are planning on having kids.
smart-blonde smart-blonde 9 years
Unfortunately, married women DO still have to worry about STIs. I hate to say it, but not all men are trustworthy. As for finding a gyn who's also an OB, that doesn't hold true for all women, either. I truly, truly love my ob-gyn, who never gave me any trouble about wanting my tubes tied at 28 (no kids), but not all women need OB's because not all women are planning on having children. The most important thing is to find a doctor who suits your health needs and listens when you talk.
krEnElk krEnElk 9 years
just a little side note: the longer you're on depo provera, the longer it will take to regain full fertility (according to my gyno). I've been on it for 5 years and she said i'm looking at a two year period before i would even be able to think about having kids. Thought some out there might like to know!
Beaner Beaner 9 years
I'm using condoms right now, and I'm worried about getting my period on my wedding day!!!
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