Starting or changing birth control can be intimidating to consider. If you've never been on birth control before, it can be scary to think about how your body might change once you start using it. If you've already tried a certain birth control method but want to change it, you might be concerned about how your body might react to the change. And while all of these concerns can be addressed by having a detailed discussion with your OB/GYN, sometimes the most intimidating aspect of starting or changing your birth control method can be not knowing what to ask your doctor about birth control.
"There’s no one-size-fits-all birth control method, which is why questions are so critical," Dr. Savita Ginde, VP of medical affairs at Stride Community Health Center and the former chief medical officer of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, tells Bustle. "The best form of birth control for you is the one that you will use routinely and regularly. I also suggest finding a doctor who makes having ongoing discussions easy and convenient, and comfortable. A good patient comes in with a host of questions, but keeps the conversation going — that’s how we partner for optimal health."
Here are 13 questions to ask your doctor about birth control.