Birth Control Methods
Abstinence is always the most effective way to prevent an unwanted pregnancy; however, it does not hurt to arm yourself with useful information regarding the various birth control methods available should you need one. What works for some may not work for others, so you may want to try a few different products before deciding what works best for you and your lifestyle.
Misconceptions regarding birth control methods
Is an Internal Exam required?
All that the health professional will require in order to prescribe a product that best suits your need is some background information about your health, lifestyle and medical history. An internal exam is usually recommended one year after the onset of sexual activity. Certain STDs do not show up for months after exposure, so waiting the full year after becoming sexually active makes testing more conclusive. Certain exceptions should be taken into consideration; for instance, if you have reason to believe the person with whom you have been sexually active is HIV positive or has a STD, then you should see a doctor as soon as possible to be tested and be treated if necessary.
Be safe, not sorry, and get informed about the many birth control methods available to you. Pay attention to side effects and report any concerns to your doctor. There are no “stupid questions” when it comes to your body, your health and the topic of pregnancy.
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