Many women get on birth control from a fairly young age, for a variety of reasons. Some are trying to prevent pregnancy, some are wanting lighter and less intense period symptoms, and in some instances, women love birth control for its effects on reducing acne. No matter when you started birth control, it tends to become such a routine that it eventually fades into the background.

But for as many women as there are who take birth control, there are also a high number of women who switch their methods of contraception at one point or another. Adverse side effects and changes in lifestyle are all reasons for this, and in today’s blog, our gynecologist is going to look into some of the signs that it’s time for you to switch up your BC. Find out more, and contact Neuman GYN in Jacksonville to experience the best and most compassionate in gynecological services.

You’re experiencing severe side effects.

Side effects of taking birth control are, unfortunately, pretty common. From intense cramps to mood swings, there are many things that can happen when your body is exposed to changes in hormones. However, if your side effects are so severe, or are changing your lifestyle in a way that you don’t appreciate, it’s best to talk to a gynecologist. You should never have to suffer, and our gynecologist Dr. Carole Neuman will have exceptional insight to help you find a better solution for your birth control.

You struggle to take it on time.

This is in reference to birth control pills, which need to be taken daily, and around the same time every day in order to be effective. For some women, this works just fine — it’s almost a mechanical reflex at this point. For others, taking the pill on time is quite the struggle, and quite the hassle. If you find it difficult to take your birth control pills in a timely manner, you should probably think about a different method — one where you preferably don’t even need to think about it. “The Pill” is highly effective, but not when used sporadically or incorrectly.

Your lifestyle is changing.

There are tons of reasons for why this might be. Maybe you’re going to be traveling or working abroad in a region where birth control and gynecological services are difficult to access. Maybe your new job is super demanding, and it’s nearly impossible to stay on top of taking your birth control pills as much as you had been able to in the past. Maybe you simply know you don’t want to have a baby for the next decade, or maybe you know that you’ll be ready for one in few years. No matter the situation, there’s a great chance that you can find a birth control option to best fit your lifestyle.

You’re experiencing chest pain, and/or frequent headaches.

As Mayo Clinic and Self magazine report, “Hormonal birth control can cause shifts in estrogen, leading to persistent head-pounding pain.” Certain types of birth control — particularly hormonal ones — can cause menstrual migraines, which are just as awful as they sound. If you hadn’t experienced headaches in the past, but have since encountered some terrible ones around the time (or within a few months) of starting your birth control, you should consult with a gynecologist about making the switch.

Additionally, blood clots can be a side effect (albeit a rare one) from hormonal birth control. If you’ve been having any chest pain that worsens as you take a breath, you should absolutely consult with a doctor, and be sure to let them know that you’re on birth control. This could be a danger to your life if serious enough.

You simply don’t like your birth control.

You know your body best. You can tell when things feel off, and even if it doesn’t feel significant or severe enough to make a change, it’s always best to trust your instincts. Ideally, your birth control should have a positive impact on your life, with as minimal or nonexistent symptoms as possible. This isn’t always possible, but there’s a pretty good possibility that a better birth control option awaits.

Whether you’re desperately needing to switch your birth control, or simply feel that there’s a better solution for you, Neuman GYN would be honored to help you find the best outcome possible. Our compassionate and caring team always puts your health and comfort first, and we’re not only here to listen and to treat, but to also believe you, and empathize with where you’re coming from. If you can’t remember the last time you’ve had an appointment with a gynecologist, take this as your sign to schedule a visit to our GYN clinic in Jacksonville. Dr. Carole Neuman looks forward to seeing you!