The right to make decisions regarding our bodies is in our hands and includes, amongst other things, the right to reproduce. We can decide whether we wish to bring children into this world, when and with whom. The various contraceptives at our disposal allow us to engage in safe sex with men. Today we have many more choices than our mothers and grandmothers had. The improvement and advancement of birth control technology provide us with more options and methods, allowing us to suit our form of birth control to our way of life and our health. Yet, those choices are still limited and have an impact on our health.
This chapter deals with the personal and health implications of each of the birth control options available today. The chapter touches on questions and difficulties which many women experience when considering contraceptives – questions such as which contraceptive to choose? How effective is each method? What impact will it have on my health? How useful it is in preventing pregnancy? And, what is the role of my partner in all this?