There are a variety of different birth control methods on the market. Trying to find the right one for you can make your head spin. When trying to find the right one, have you considered whether or not you could be allergic to it? Most women do not consider that they could be allergic to their chosen birth control method. It is possible and there is nothing worse than dealing with allergy symptoms down there, or worse, being rushed to the emergency room with a life-threatening allergy. Here we will look at the different birth control methods and the possible allergy warnings related to them.
General Signs of an Allergic Reaction
If you are having an allergic reaction to any type of birth control method, there are some signs and symptoms that you may experience. Unexplained itching and rash are very common with this type of reaction. Hives are also not uncommon. If you start to experience wheezing, unexplained swelling or trouble swallowing or breathing, it is time to get medical attention immediately because you are having a severe allergic reaction.
A latex allergy is not uncommon and it will prevent you from being able to use certain condoms. Cervical caps and diaphragms should also be avoided if you are allergic to latex. With this allergy, you can still use condoms, but they should contain no latex. You can look for condoms made of polyurethane or silicone.
Can I be Allergic to My IUD?
Yes, it is possible because IUDs generally contain copper. If you are allergic to another type of metal, such as nickel, you should talk to your doctor about having an allergy test before having an IUD inserted. If it turns out that you are allergic to copper and have a copper-containing IUD inserted, you put yourself at risk for developing an allergic rash and these can be very uncomfortable.
Spermicides is a term used to describe a variety of products that are not generally recommended as a solo birth control method. These are really supposed to be used in combination with another birth control method and include things like jellies, creams, suppositories and foams that work to kill sperm. These products can, however, induce an allergic reaction. Before using any of these products, you must take the time to read the label carefully and make sure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients.
Birth Control Pills
Hormonal birth control pills may cause nasal congestion. Other birth control pills could possibly trigger an allergic reaction. The general signs of an allergic reaction are possible with birth control pills or the patch. Certain birth control pills may also induce what is known as photosensitivity, or a sun allergy. If you do develop a sun allergy, you should talk to your doctor about ways to help you avoid sunburn and any other associated issues with the sun.
So, How Do I Choose the Right Birth Control for Me?
First and foremost, make an appointment with your doctor. Talk to your doctor about your allergies, both confirmed and suspected. Also, mention any allergies that your family members have. Let your doctor know about any medical conditions you have and any medications you take. Talk to her about your preferences when it comes to birth control. For example, if you absolutely never want an IUD or the Depo shot, let her know that those are not options you want to explore. It is your body and your choice and your doctor is there simply to help you make the best and safest choice for you.