Hormonal birth control is a suitable option for women entering menopause. Many women will continue to use birth control after they have entered menopause, sometimes up to two years or longer after their periods have ceased. Since unexpected pregnancies can and do occur when women think they are in menopause, hormonal birth control can be useful. In addition to pregnancy protection, the hormones in birth control can help provide more regularity with periods until they cease, regulate hormone levels, and increase bone strength. They can also help with perimenopause symptoms such as hot flashes.
How to Choose Birth Control After Menopause?
It is always best to consult with your health provider to determine which form of birth control will work best for your current health needs. Most providers will recommend birth control that does not contain estrogen as women will have higher risk factors when entering menopause that can make estrogen use less safe. Some conditions that can make estrogen undesirable include:
- Being overweight
- Having high blood pressure
- Having a history of blood clots
There are many great options birth control options that do not contain estrogen which can be used once you reach menopause. Some of the most common options include:
- Progestin-only pills
These options can also help reduce a heavy menstrual flow and provide relief from PMS symptoms that may become more severe as you go through perimenopause and menopause.