Age by Age: Which Birth Control Should You Use?

The best birth control choices for your 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond (11 Photos)

Paula Spencer on Sep 17, 2010 at 1:23PM

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Age by Age: Which Birth Control Should You Use?

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Young women new to contraceptives tend to be the most forgetful, so it’s best to steer clear of methods that require frequent upkeep (such as birth control pills, which have to be taken daily, or hormone patches, which must be changed weekly). “Forgettable” contraceptives, such as IUDs and implants, which are put in place and stay effective until they’re removed, or injections that you get every three months, are often the best option for younger women, says Rebecca Allen, M.D., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Brown University, and cofounder of the Contraceptive Consult Clinic at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island.

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