It can be difficult to know when to start birth control. You might be starting to think about having sex and want to protect yourself. You may have used birth control before but have taken a break. Or perhaps it’s been recommended as a solution for other conditions, like acne or PCOS.
First things first, it’s really important to remember that everyone is different. “There’s no wrong time” to start birth control, says assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and pediatrics, Dr. Beth Schwartz. “It depends on what you’re using it for and when it can be helpful.” You can find out more about the different types of birth control using an app like Flo.
It’s estimated that 72% of women in the US will use more than one type of contraception in their lifetime, with people trying an average of three different methods. Just because your loved ones use one type of birth control or a method worked for you in the past doesn’t mean you have to use it now. There are so many different options.