Question by  Anonymous

What is the best kind of birth control for a woman in her 40s?


Answer by  Anonymous



Answer by  jennibii (184)

I think the best kind of birth control for a woman in her 40s is an IUD. They are low in hormones, and last a very long time, so there is no need to keep visiting a doctor.


Answer by  jheremans (1446)

At this age ovarian cancer and other types of cancer have a higher risk of affecting a woman, so the best thing would be avoiding oral contraceptives and injections since they have a chance to increase these risks. The best way is just the use of condoms or if you want a tubal ligation.


Answer by  mtown934 (733)

For a woman in her forties, I personally believe that Plan B works better than any other particular brand. It is an excellent contraceptive that protects you well.


Answer by  jalucia (936)

Women in their 40's may want to look for a birth control pill that doesn't inhibit their sex drive, although the pill carries a higher risk of stroke for this age group. Tubal ligation permanently guards against pregnancy. Condoms are a really good option for everyone. IUDs might be best because they don't involve any artificial hormones.


Answer by  Peg (459)

Sterilization may be a good option if a woman no longer desires having children. It is permanent and worry free. The surgery is called tubal ligation and is an outpatient surgery. The recovery time is minimal and easy on a woman. There is no need to take hormones, such as birth control pills with this option.


Answer by  hwaco (11)

Tubal ligation is a good option if a woman no longer desires to have children. It is permanent and worry free. However, it is in the best interest of the woman to discuss all of her options with her physical physician before making any decisions that are permanent and life changing.


Answer by  Jaquelynne (594)

I would suggest looking into an IUD such as Mirena so you do not have to worry about taking a pill or chanigng a ring. Mirena lasts 5 years.


Answer by  Emr (698)

It really depends on the woman's health history. However, in general, a woman over 40 (and certainly smokers) may have a higher risk of stroke while taking birth control pills. She'd be safer with barrier contraception, which has minimal side effects. If she doesn't want children, a tubal ligation is effective.


Answer by  jammycakes (13)

Best solution in a monogamous relationship would be an IUD. because it can be left in for several years and in certain types there are no artificial hormones involved. If intending not to conceive for at least 5 years this is the best approach.

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