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While 2017-18 has been deemed the worst cuffing season ever, Punxsutawney Phil has said there are six more weeks of winter left to go. So you are probably going to have plenty of time and colder weather to Netflix and chill.

There are more birth control options available today than ever before. If you research them alone, the sheer number of choices can be overwhelming. To add to the frustration, it’s sometimes difficult to determine all the information you need to make an informed decision.

A free, useful guide is available at Panhandle OBGYN to help. You can feel confident taking control of your health decision. With the knowledgeable staff, it is easy to decide which method would best fit your lifestyle.

Below are some of the questions our guide asks to help you determine which method is best:

  • Is the method a Hormonal or Non-Hormonal Contraceptive?
    • Side effects for hormonal contraceptives vary by medication and individual. You may decide to try each, but you should know beforehand what you might encounter.
  • How many options are available?
  • How often do I need to use it?
    • And is there any flexibility?
  • How effective (%) is this method?
    • Perhaps you are considering children soon, so you wouldn’t want to pay for something too costly. A less effective, cheaper option might be perfect.
  • Are there interruptions with this method?
  • How quickly can I get pregnant if I stop using it?
  • Do I need to see my healthcare professional to start?
    • Some birth control can be invasive, while others you can simply buy over-the-counter.
  • Do I need a prescription?
  • Does this protect against STIs?
    • January was Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. HPV, one of many sexually transmitted infections, is the leading cause for this type of cancer. Most birth control methods do not protect you entirely from contracting HPV. Along with choosing your birth control, you may choose to get an HPV vaccination.
  • Is there anything I can do after the fact?
    • The “Morning-After” Pill or “Plan B” – do you know the pros and cons?

There is a birth control option out there for you, and choosing the right one isn’t something you have to do alone. Visit Panhandle OBGYN for this decision, and to check up on all aspects of your reproductive health.

Visit us at 7620 Wallace Blvd, Amarillo, TX 79124 or call us (806) 359-5468 to learn more about birth control methods.