Birth Control Appointment Guide
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?