Hello, I am 18 years old and have made the decision to go on birth control. I've already spoken to my mother and she is fine with it. The big decision ahead of me is which type of birth control I should go on. I'm kind of stuck between the pill and depo provera...
Which method do you think would be best for an 18 year old??
Is depo provera actually safe? I just need reassurance I suppose.
Thanks all for your time!
If you have weight issues or have a large frame I wouldn't do depo. I gained a lot of weight from that. If not it would prob be fine. You may not get a period at all which is strange, but supposedly safe. I like the good old pill.
Am 18 myself and I choose the pill because I think that it is alot safer than depo. I've heard that people who take depo don't see there periods for months which to me is not so cool I want to see mine every month to make sure everything is ok and to make sure that am not pregnant. That's just my opinion...You should do some research to help your decision.
Depo is perfectly safe, as is the pill. The advantage of depo is that you don't have a daily pill to remember, so the likelyhood of an "accident" is greatly reduced. The advantage of the pill is that there are different dosages of hormones, so if one has side affects, you can switch to another easily. I would talk at length with your doctor before you decide. Also remember that neither protects you from sexually transmitted diseases.
I reccommend the pill because if there are side effects you can discontinue it right away. If depo doesn't sit well in your system, there isn't much you can do about it. At least initially, since it actually takes several months for your body to get used to birth control, I would do the pill.
I've thought about going on depo for a while, but chose against it after I had done some research and spoke with my doctor. With the shot, you can bleed the entire time, not bleed at all, spot every now and then, and gain a bunch of weight. I didn't like the chances of bleeding a lot or not having a period at all.. But what triggered my decision was.. My doctor told me that a lot of women who have been on the depo shot, it has made it near impossible to conceive a child. One of my friends was only on it for about a year.. She had fertility tests done before she was on it, all was good. After coming off of it, her and her husband have been trying to conceive for over 3 years and no such luck. She went to a specialist and now they say she cannot carry a child, the walls of her uterus are too thin or something like that.
So if you never want kids, then i'd get on it. But if you want kids one day, get the pills. I personally like having control of what I put in my body, instead of massive doses of hormones every 3 months like the shot.