For each method of
birth control you are considering, answer "yes" or
"no" to the following questions. Try to answer each question honestly,
especially those about how well you will be able to use a method in the future.
Think about your partner and whether he or she will help or hinder your use of
the method. The more "yes" answers you have, the less likely you are to use the
method consistently and correctly at every act of sexual intercourse. If you do
not use a method consistently or correctly, your risk of an unintended
pregnancy is higher.
Is it important for me to avoid an unintended
Have I ever become pregnant while using this method?
Am I comfortable using this method?
Am I opposed to
using this method?
Can I remember to use this method?
Will I quit this method if it makes my menstrual periods longer or
Is this method too expensive?
have any health conditions that would keep me from using this method?
Do my religious beliefs forbid use of this method?
my partner opposed to using this method?
Will using this method
embarrass my partner?
Will using this method embarrass me?
If this method interrupts sex, are we at risk of not using
Most people will answer "yes" to a few of the questions. But if
you have many "yes" answers, you may not use the method correctly. Discuss this
with your doctor. Learning more about the method may help you use
it correctly. Or you may decide that another method would work better for
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