As women, it is up to us to decide what we want to do with our reproductive and sexual health. These decisions have the potential to impact our lives profoundly, so they must be approached with care. To make the best choice for your health, you should keep several things in mind. Let’s take a look at the factors that are important to consider when making a decision.

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Describe Your Current Life Situation

You should first consider the current circumstances of your life when deciding if you want to continue or stop using birth control. Do you have a long-term, committed relationship with your partner, or do you date casually? Will you start a baby in the next few years, or will it be a longer-term goal? Birth control decisions can be influenced by factors such as your relationship status or family planning goals.

Starting or continuing birth control is the best option for women in committed partnerships who don’t plan to have kids shortly. If you’re not married, aren’t dating anyone, or are actively trying to have a child, it might be best to discontinue your birth control. Your current life circumstances should coincide with your contraceptive decisions.

Health Issues

In making decisions regarding birth control, it is essential to consider your health. Consult a medical professional, like an OB/GYN specialist, to discuss your history of health, existing medical conditions, as well as any potential risks and side effects that may be associated with the different methods of birth control.

Certain medical conditions could make you less suitable for some birth control, while other methods might not pose a risk. Women who suffer from hormonal imbalances (such as heavy periods or acne) may opt for birth control methods, which can help them to manage their health.

A healthcare provider can provide you with personalized guidance that is based on your needs and health.

Reproductive Goals

Reproductive goals play a major role in birth control decisions. If you’re actively trying for a baby, it is advisable to discontinue birth control. If you are not planning on having children or expanding your family soon, continuing birth control may be the best choice to prevent unintended pregnancy.

A conversation with your doctor is important for women who may be unsure of their reproductive goals. They can guide you and help to make informed family planning decisions.


Efficacy and convenience are different between birth control methods. Some methods are very effective but require daily consistency. Other contraceptives offer the same level of efficacy with less frequent maintenance, including long-acting, reversible methods like IUDs or implants.

Consider how you will adhere to any birth control requirements. You can take a daily tablet if you have confidence in your ability. LARC may be more convenient if you set it and forget it.


The decision of whether or not to stop birth control should be made carefully and based on your circumstances. You should consider your lifestyle and current situation as well as factors such as health and reproductive goals. Consulting with a healthcare provider like an OB/GYN can help you make informed decisions based on your health and personal circumstances. Your reproductive journey and your choice of birth control should reflect that. Visit Lifeline Medical Associates and learn more about all the services available for women.