Birth control options
If you’ve been using the same birth control for years, methods are now available for women that you may not even know about (of course, for men, there are basically still two choices: condoms and vasectomy). And one of them might be right for you, depending on what stage of your life you’re at: no desire for kids yet; don’t plan to have any children; still in baby-making mode; or finished having kids.
“Even for doctors, it’s hard to keep up with all of the new developments,” says Dr. Susan Biali of Vancouver. “Plus, both doctors and patients tend to stick with what we’re comfortable with.” Women over 40 may be even less inclined to explore new options because they think that they’re not fertile, according to Dr. Dara Maker, co-medical director at the Bay Centre for Birth Control at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto. “But they can be the most susceptible to unwanted pregnancies because their periods are changing and they don’t have a sense of when they’re most fertile.” Here are some of the options to consider: