Personal Stories About Choosing Birth Control Methods - Topic Overview
Combination of methods
Deena, age 26: My older sister gave me lots
of advice about birth control methods. She tried several reliable methods but
ended up with genital herpes. Whenever she gets stressed, she'll get a flare-up
of symptoms. From her experience, I've decided to use hormonal injections along with
condoms to reduce my risk of getting pregnant or getting an STI.
Patty, age 42: I never would have guessed I
might need to worry about birth control again, just as I never would have
guessed I would be a widow at such a young age. The kids are almost out of high
school. Someone at work asked me out, and I'm actually interested. But alarms
are going off in my head about becoming pregnant at age 42 or getting an STI.
I'm sure I don't want either, so I'm seeing my gynecologist this week to decide
on a long-term birth control method and learn about using condoms.
Raimondo, age 42: In college and law school,
I was not as careful with birth control as I should have been. I was lucky that
none of my partners became pregnant. Now I'm over 40 years old, established in
my career, and not in a long-term relationship. I know that I don't want to
become a father, so I'm scheduling a vasectomy next week. I will still use
condoms to prevent STIs, but I won't need to worry about the consequences of an
Tom, age 45, and Barbara, age 43: Barbara
and I met a year ago. Now we've decided to get married and blend our two
families. That means finding a home for five children, three dogs, two cats,
and lots of belongings. Combining our families and planning a wedding will take
all our focus, so we don't want an accidental pregnancy. Since we are quite
happy with the size of our family, I will have a vasectomy. It is a much
simpler procedure for me than for Barbara to have a tubal ligation.