Whether you already have an autoimmune disease diagnosis or not, it’s important to have a conversation with your doctor about birth control’s potential impact on your risk. For example, you might ask: Does this medication increase my risk of developing autoimmune disease? If yes, how much should I take that risk into account when making birth control decisions? Is there anything I can do to mitigate that risk? Is there an alternate form of birth control that might be better for my situation?