Birth control counseling is a very important part of women’s health. Whether you’re interested in starting birth control or you want to change your current birth control method, a trained physician can help you understand your options. Once you have discussed your birth control options with a healthcare provider, they may write a prescription for the method that is best for you, your current situation, and your health. Injectable birth control treatments can be received in a doctor’s office, but if you choose an IUD, an implant, or a tubal ligation, you’ll be referred to an OB/GYN or your primary care provider.
Birth Control Usage in the United States
According to the Guttmacher Institute, there are approximately 61 million women in the U.S. who are considered to be of “reproductive age” (15-44). About 70% of those women are at risk of unintended pregnancy, meaning they are sexually active and do not want to become pregnant. Couples who don’t use any method of contraceptive have about an 85% chance of initiating pregnancy during any given year.
More than 99% of women between the ages of 15 and 44 who have ever engaged in sexual intercourse have used at least one type of birth control, with 60% of these women using it currently. Only about 10% of women considered to be at risk of unintended pregnancy are using no form of birth control at all. Married women are much more likely to use birth control than never-married women (77% vs. 42%). Most women who do use contraceptives opt for nonpermanent methods: the pill, the patch, implants, injectables, a vaginal ring, IUDs, and condoms. The others rely on female or male sterilization.
Who Needs Birth Control?
With the exception of condoms and male sterilization, most birth control options are made for women. Using birth control allows women to choose how many children they want to have and the timing of their pregnancies, granting them more control over their lives. Maybe you’re a single woman who isn’t in a stable relationship, and a baby would not be a welcome addition to your life, or maybe you’re concentrating on a career that would be sidelined if you were to become pregnant.
Some women want to have kids someday—just not now—while others have made a conscious decision never to have them. A teenage girl may feel she is simply too young to be a mother, or, in some cases, a woman may have a health-related issue, making it unsafe for her to become pregnant. Some women want to be in a more financially secure position before having a child, while others may choose to finish their education first. Whatever the reason, obtaining contraceptives shouldn’t be stressful.
Although the primary purpose of birth control is the prevention of an unwanted pregnancy, some women use birth control methods like the pill to alleviate PMS symptoms.
Choosing a Birth Control Option
There are a number of issues women factor in when deciding on a birth control method. Younger women are more likely to choose the pill, while those in their late 20s and 30s are more likely to choose an IUD or an implant. Cultural and religious beliefs, economic status, and education levels all affect the type of birth control method a woman will choose. Some birth control options aren’t financially feasible for lower-income women.
How Remedy Can Help with Your Birth Control Needs
If you are considering birth control options, Remedy can assist you with your contraceptive needs quickly and in the privacy of your own home. Schedule an on-demand video visit anytime 24/7 to discuss your birth control options with a trained healthcare provider, or schedule a same-day house call from one of our doctors. If you choose the pill, we can send your prescription directly to the pharmacy of your choice electronically.
Remedy accepts most insurance plans, billing medical charges directly to your insurer, but we also offer affordable treatment to the uninsured. If you aren’t 100% satisfied with your visit, we’ll happily refund your money. Contact us today to set up an appointment to discuss your birth control options.