Can birth control help with painful or heavy periods?
For some people, yes. Research shows that hormonal birth control such as the pill, patch, shot, ring, implantable rod, and hormonal IUD may help with heavy periods, painful periods, or long-term bleeding. These birth control methods may help you have lighter, shorter periods. For some people, there are a number of benefits to hormonal birth control:
- More regular period cycles
- Fewer menstrual cramps
- Lighter periods
- Less acne
- Lower risk of ovary, endometrial, and colon cancers, pelvic inflammatory disease, and noncancerous ovarian cysts
What are the most popular forms of birth control?
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services December 2018 report on contraceptive status among U.S. women aged 15-49 from 2015-2017, the most common contraceptive methods were:
- Female sterilization (tubal ligation)
- Oral contraceptives “The Pill”
- Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) such as IUDs (Mirena, Paragard, Liletta, Kyleena, Skyla) and implants such as Nexplanon
- Male condoms
Do I need to see a gynecologist to get birth control?
It depends! Yes, you can get some types of birth control such as condoms at drugstores. However, you will need to see a gynecologist to get the types of birth control that work best in preventing pregnancy such as the IUD, implant, birth control shot, the pill, patch, or ring.
Your Eastside OB/GYN provider can help you choose the best method of birth control for you based upon your unique healthcare needs.