6 Birth Control Methods for Women Over 30

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Just as there are appropriate fashions and targeted skin care products for women of different ages, why not think about contraception that best fits your age and lifestyle needs? Let's take a look at which forms of birth control are a good match for your age group.


The combination pill

This pill contains low doses of estrogen/progestin, can be used up to and through early menopause.  It may help with peri-menopausal hot flashes, mood swings, irregular bleeding, and it may prevent ovarian and uterine cancers. If you suffer from migraines, if you are a smoker (especially over age 35), then this may not be a good choice of contraception. 


The progestin-only pill

If you're a breastfeeding mom, this may be the right choice of birth control for you. If you have a heart disease risk and can't take an estrogen-based oral contraception method, this also is a good choice. It has a slightly lower success rate than the combo pill, but still works quite well to prevent pregnancy. 

Warning: If you are not able to be compliant and take the pill at the same time every day, skip this option. 


The extended cycle pill

Hate getting your period? Not planning a pregnancy for awhile? Suffer from awful PMS? This may be your go-to contraception choice.  Seasonal and Seasonique will allow for four periods a year, and Lybrel will stop your period for a full year if you take the one pill daily. If you don't like to try new medical options that don't have a proven track record, this is probably not for you, either.



An implant is a tiny progestin-releasing plastic rod inserted in your upper arm that will provide birth control for three years. It's nearly 100 percent effective and insurance may cover its $400-$800 price tag. 

Warning: It does not work well for seriously overweight or obese women, or in women who use St. John's wort regularly



This tried and true method is still a great option, especially if you are not monogamous and are not experiencing menopause yet. If you are under age 40, you should pair the condom with another contraception method for the best protection to avoid pregnancy and STDs.



If you know for sure you don't want children, then a tubal ligation (surgery to block the Fallopian tubes) or Essure (placement of a small metal insert to obstruct the Fallopian tubes) may be right for you.  Since this is permanent method of birth control, you need to be absolutely certain about not having children and should speak to your doctor about the procedures.