I’ve been on hormonal Birth Control for several years now. I went through a lot of trial and error before I found a method that was appropriate for me. I’ve compiled a list of things I wish I knew BEFORE starting the Pill, to save you all some time and effort. Here they are:
1. Talk to your healthcare provider to help you find an option that’s right for you
You may think that this is a given, but I wasn’t open and honest about my needs upfront at my first appointment. Are you concerned with side effects, or just preventing pregnancy? There are many different methods of birth control available for preventing pregnancy and each has its own side-effect profile. Your healthcare provider can review the options with you and help you determine which method is right for you.
2. Your experience with birth control is unique
Just because your friends have one experience on a certain pill, doesn’t mean you will have the same experience. Our bodies are unique and the Pill we choose may affect us differently than it does our friends. It took me 3 years to find an option that worked for me, and a lot of this trial and error was from taking friends’ recommendations. Talk to your HCP and think about what your individual needs and expectations are.
3. Think about all your options for refilling your prescription
When I was prescribed my first birth control pill, I went to the pharmacy every month to pick it up. Little did I know this would get annoying really quickly. When I went to college, I knew putting another item on my to-do list would be a hassle, so I looked up different options. For my pharmacy, there was the option for mail order: with a valid prescription, my pill could be delivered each month! What a lifesaver. Why hadn’t I thought of this before? Check with your healthcare provider to see if this option is available to you - it could depend on your state, your pharmacy, and your insurance plan.
I hope these tips help you out when choosing a birth control pill. I wish I knew them before I got started!
Note: Interested in an oral birth control option? A low-dose pill like Lo Loestrin® Fe (norethindrone acetate and ethinyl estradiol tablets, ethinyl estradiol tablets and ferrous fumarate tablets), could be an option for you. Lo Loestrin Fe is the only birth control pill that provides effective pregnancy prevention with the lowest amount of daily estrogen (10 micrograms) available. If you are moderately obese, discuss with your healthcare provider whether Lo Loestrin Fe is appropriate for you. To learn about Important Risk Information, including Boxed Warning, for Lo Loestrin Fe, please scroll below. If you have any questions about your birth control options, speak with your healthcare provider.
Lauren Dailey does not use Lo Loestrin Fe, but you can speak with your healthcare provider to see if it may be an option for you. Lauren is a paid influencer for Allergan, and the opinions stated above are her own.