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Best Birth Control for Moms Over 30

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Don't want to get pregnant, and tired of your birth control side effects? Good news. Now, there are more effective options than ever before.

CNN reports that there are lots of options for every woman, including those that smoke, do or don't want to have kids, or don't want to get their periods.

Best Birth Control for Moms Over 30

The Combo Pill

All women can be on the pill, as it does not increase the risk of cancer. The New England Journal of Medicine reveals that women can take it up until they hit menopause. One important note: smokers should avoid the pill, especially when over age 35!

Progestin-Only Pill

Smoke? Are you breastfeeding? This pill is safe for you. This "mini-pill" has just a low dose of hormones and is estrogen-free. It's still almost as effective as the regular pill.

Extended Cycle Pill

Perfect for someone who experiences extreme PMS, Seasonale or Seasonique is a pill that allows you three months without menstruating. Like the regular pill, the extended cycle pill does contain estrogen.


More than 99% effective, an IUD lasts up to 12 years. Though it causes some mild discomfort upon insertion, this should not last. The only downsides are heavier periods and increased menstrual cramping. Mirena is a newer version that lasts only five years, but its benefits include lighter bleeding over time. If you want a baby, another method may be better for you.


A matchstick-size device is implanted in your upper arm. This method lasts about three years and is about 100 percent effective.


If you are finished having kids but fine having your period, this may be a good option for you. This is a surgical procedure whereby the fallopian tubes are blocked. If you are not 100% sure that you are finished having children, this may not be the best option for you.

Plan B/Emergency Contraception

Forget to take your usual contraception? This pill is designed to prevent pregnancy only. Also known as the "morning-after pill," it can work up to five days after sex.

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7 comments so far | Post a comment now
Anonymous July 29, 2009, 2:22 PM

They forgot the most important one…a vasectomy!

dean July 29, 2009, 3:15 PM

I have been on Nuvaring for a year and have started feeling very sick every time I put it in, anyone else having the same problem?

mnbvcxz July 29, 2009, 7:46 PM


mnbvcxz July 29, 2009, 7:48 PM


Chris July 29, 2009, 8:23 PM

I’ve had trouble with every birth control I’ve been on, until I started the Nuva ring. I’ve had no issues with it what-so-ever. I guess it just goes to show we are all so different.

js1203 July 29, 2009, 10:09 PM

I was on the Nuvaring for 3 years and just wanted to stop taking hormones. I had the Essure procedure done in my OB’s office on Friday. Its permanent, no cutting and no anesthesia. I had mild cramps for a day and that was it. A great option if you are done having children!

Crystal August 15, 2009, 3:32 PM

I have the mirena and I love it b/c I didnt gain weight, periods are almost gone, and don’t have to worry about forgetting a pill!

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