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Are You Using the Best Birth Control for You?

Your Results: Barrier Method

Your answers indicate that these options—condoms, diaphragms, sponge or cervical cap— might be the right BC option for you to consider. These methods are quick and easy to do, typically, and require only knowing (or planning) when you’re going to have sex ahead of time and having the right supplies on hand. Condoms are also the best way to protect against sexually transmitted infections. As with anything health-related, talk to your doctor about the right option for you.

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With so many options available for birth control (BC), selecting the right one can be daunting. About 60% of women of reproductive age use contraceptives—and of those, 72% use hormonal methods like the birth control pill, patch, implant, injectable, vaginal ring, intrauterine device (IUDs), and non-hormonal methods. And this might come as a surprise, but the remainder opt for the permanent option of surgery (22% for women, 7% for men) that results in sterilization.

In all things BC, it’s important to realize: The BC you use today might not be the best option for you next month, next year, or 10 years from now. “If you choose a method and it doesn’t work for you, talk to your provider about another choice. And needs change, so revisit your choice regularly. A method you choose at 17 may well not be the right method for you at 23,” says Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, CT.

We talked to her and several other leading obstetrician-gynecologists to develop this quiz that will help you discover the BC method that might be right for you, right now.

Question 1 of 14

Are you comfortable using barrier contraception, like condoms or diaphragms, alone?

  • AYes
  • BNo
  • CSometimes

Question 2 of 14

Do you forget to take medication, but don’t like the idea of having an IUD or implant?

  • AYes
  • BNo
  • CSometimes

Question 3 of 14

Is preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) a top priority for you when considering birth control?

  • AYes
  • BNo
  • CSometimes

Question 4 of 14

Do you want your partner(s) to be involved in the birth control process?

  • AYes
  • BNo
  • CMaybe

Question 5 of 14

Do you want to try to conceive within the next 6 months?

  • AYes
  • BNo
  • CMaybe

Question 6 of 14

Do you want to get pregnant…but not anytime soon (i.e. 6+ months from now)?

  • AYes
  • BNo
  • CMaybe

Question 7 of 14

Do you currently use the pill or other hormonal BC for reasons other than preventing pregnancy (i.e. reducing period pain, managing endometriosis, or treating acne)?

  • AYes
  • BNo
  • CSometimes

Question 8 of 14

Do you *never* want to get pregnant?

  • AYes
  • BNo
  • CMaybe

Question 9 of 14

Do you ever worry that your current birth control method will fail?

  • AYes
  • BNo
  • CSometimes

Question 10 of 14

Is your partner—if he’s male—up for having a vasectomy, a procedure that allows for long-term contraception?

  • AYes
  • BNo
  • CMaybe

Question 11 of 14

Do you like the idea of not having to think about contraception for YEARS?

  • AYes
  • BNo
  • CMaybe

Question 12 of 14

Are you okay with having a device in your uterus or under your skin that provides long-term protection?

  • AYes
  • BNo
  • CMaybe

Question 13 of 14

Is your schedule pretty routine?

  • AYes
  • BNo
  • CSometimes

Question 14 of 14

Does the idea of having a surgical procedure to make pregnancy impossible appeal to you?

  • AYes
  • BNo
  • CMaybe
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