Have you been meaning to start using a contraceptive method, but can’t choose? Or is your current method not working for you? These days it seems like there are too many methods to choose from. Use the Bedsider Method Explorer to learn more about all of the options available to you. You can filter methods by categories to find out which contraceptive method is right for your lifestyle.
If you don’t know much about contraceptive methods, now is the time to learn! According to Guttmacher, knowledge about contraceptive methods is a strong predictor of use among young adults. A 2012 study among unmarried women aged 18–29 found that for each correct response on a contraceptive knowledge scale, women’s odds of currently using a hormonal or long-acting reversible method increased by 17%, and their odds of using no method decreased by 17%.
Remember that only you can decide the best option for you. If you have a partner, you can include them in the conversation, but ultimately this is your choice.
If you’ve chosen a method that requires a prescription or insertion, make an appointment with your doctor to talk about next steps! If you’re still confused, make an appointment with your doctor to ask lots of questions and get more information.