My boyfriend doesn’t want me to get any kind of birth control because he’s scared it will ruin our chances of ever having kids and he also doesn’t want me to have any side effects but I really want to get it because I don’t want to have to worry about getting pregnant. Is there any facts I can tell him to try to be okay with it?

It’s great that you’re thinking about getting started on birth control if you don’t want to get pregnant right now. And using reversible methods of birth control (like the IUD, implant, shot, pill, patch, or ring) won’t change your ability to get pregnant in the future.  As soon as you decide you’re ready to get pregnant, you can stop using it and your ability to get pregnant will return very quickly. You can read all about the safety of each birth control method here.

Different methods of birth control cause different side effects in different women. When your doctor or nurse talks with you about your options, they’ll explain any possible side effects and help you find one that’s right for you. This quiz can help you figure out what method best fits your life.

Using birth control is totally your choice. You can use it even if your boyfriend doesn’t agree with it. Try talking with him about what you’ve read here. If he still doesn’t want you to use it, or he tries to prevent you from getting it, you may want to think about whether he’s the supportive and caring partner you deserve.

-Emily at Planned Parenthood