Whether you are planning to get married, or already are married, one thing you need to give a thought to is family planning. Considering the number of options available, choosing a certain birth control method can be quite confusing. Counseling from an expert could help you in this regard.

How can a counselor help? He/she gives you the details of these – factors to consider, types of methods available, the advantages and disadvantages of each, effectiveness and safety, which would suit your specific requirements, and so on. When you avail counseling, you make an informed choice.

Before you visit a counselor, here are the questions you can expect the answer of from the session.

What are the factors to consider before you choose a method? Considering the overall health of the partners, their lifestyle, the number of times they have sex and such others are necessary before you determine which method suits your needs.

What category of method is right for you? If you want to keep the option of getting pregnant some day, you need to opt for a temporary method. On the other hand, if your family is complete and you do not want any more children, get a permanent method.

What are the types of methods available? There are five specific classifications:

˜ Hormone methods – oral contraceptives, injections, patch, vaginal ring, etc

˜ Barrier methods – condoms, cervical caps/shield, contraceptive sponge, etc

˜ Implant methods – implantable rods, intrauterine devices

˜ Permanent methods – sterilization (implant or surgical)

˜ Emergency methods – hormonal pills

What are the pros and cons of each of these methods? This helps choose a particular method for contraceptionthat is safe and effective.

How do you use a particular method? If you are not sure about the right way to use a particular method, ask your counselor to provide the details. It is necessary that you have a clear idea about how to use it before you start this.