Birth control options for a 41 year old?
October 10, 2011 7:15 AM Subscribe
What are good birth control options for a 41-year-old woman who hasn't entirely given up the chance of having children?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (24 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I was on birth control pills into my early- to mid-30s and didn't have any problems, but I've used condoms with the last two boyfriends, both of whom were fine with them. My new boyfriend, though, whom I like very much, doesn't do well with condoms. (He's bigger than average. He doesn't get off with them very often. And they sometimes break.) We're both STD free and historically monogamous people. I can imagine being with this man for a long, long time.
I'm 41. I weigh about 200 pounds and have lost about 50 pounds in the last 1.5 years. I've never been a smoker. I run a lot and feel quite strong and fit, and my last physical was excellent. But high blood pressure runs in both sides of my family (as do heart disease and diabetes), even though my blood pressure currently is fine. I also really don't want to take anything that will make me gain weight, and my body seems pretty happy to hold onto--or put on--weight. I also haven't entirely given up the thought of having a biological child and would have to act soon-ish, something the boyfriend is interested in, too, but we don't yet know each well enough to act now. My understanding is that an IUD or the NuvaRing is for someone who doesn't want to be pregnant for years, and I don't have that kind of time.
Any advice or suggestions? Thanks!