Whether you’re simply not ready to have a baby at the moment, or you know for a fact that being a mom isn’t something you want in your future, sometimes, things happen. Unfortunately, no form of birth control is 100 percent effective, so unless you’re staying totally celibate, unwanted pregnancies are a reality. It’s a slippery slope to navigate when you're sexually active, but the good news is there are a handful of pregnancy prevention hacks you can familiarize yourself with in order to reduce your chances of having a bun in the oven before you’re actually prepared to do so.
Obviously your first line of defense against an unwanted pregnancy is going to be birth control, but keep in mind that you do have options beyond oral contraception. I know myself, and when I was taking birth control, I must have went through about four or five different kinds before I found one that was right for me. Talk with your OBGYN to figure out which method of birth control is right for both your lifestyle and, perhaps most importantly, your body. It may take some trial and error, but do your research, ask questions, and eventually you’ll find your match.
According to Elina Berglund, chief technology officer and co-founder of the digital birth control app, Natural Cycles, of the sexually active women who choose not to use any form of birth control or take preventative measures, roughly 85 percent will become pregnant within the year. “This is why it is so important to, when it comes to birth control, increase choice, such that each woman finds something that suits her,” Berglund tells Elite Daily. “The risk is otherwise that she will not keep using it and then there is a high pregnancy risk.”
But here's something you don't hear too often: Birth control is only one component of preventing an unwanted pregnancy. In addition to finding a BC method that works for you, here are a few pregnancy prevention hacks from experts in the space that might help to lower your risk of becoming pregnant before you're ready.