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Birth Control Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • What kind of birth control do you currently use? Has your birth control been easy to use and remember?
  • How often, if ever, have you missed or forgotten to use birth control?
  • Have your periods changed in any way, including having breakthrough bleeding?
  • Are you planning to become pregnant in the near future?
  • Are there any changes to your medical history?
  • How many sexual partners do you have?
  • Do you have a history of smoking? If yes, for how long and in what amount? Are you currently smoking?
  • Do you have heavy or painful periods or spotting between periods?
  • Have you ever had a blood clot, stroke, high blood pressure, or migraine?
  • Have you ever had heart disease, liver disease, diabetes, lupus or cancer?
  • Are you having any problems with your birth control?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • What are my birth control options?
  • How effective is each birth control method?
  • What are the pros and cons of each method, particularly comparing hormonal and non-hormonal forms of birth control?
  • What are the side effects and possible medication interactions of hormonal birth control methods?
  • Which methods also provide protection against STDs (sexually transmitted diseases)?
  • How much do the different methods cost?
  • What should I do if my birth control fails or I think it may have failed?
  • Will a pregnancy test be accurate with my form of birth control?
  • What should I do if I forget to take my birth control pill?
  • If I decide to become pregnant, how long should I wait after stopping my method of birth control?
  • If I decide to stop my birth control, how should I do it and what should I expect?
  • Would a different brand or form of birth control be better for me?
  • Are my new symptoms due to my birth control method?
  • What is my best birth control option based on my lifestyle and my personal and family history?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Sep 10
  1. Birth Control Pill FAQ: Benefits, Risks and Choices. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/birth-control/in-depth/birth-control-pill/art-20045136
  2. Bonnema RA, McNamara MC, Spencer AL. Contraception choices in women with underlying medical conditions. Am Fam Physician. 2010 Sep 15;82(6):621-628.
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