Keeping up with your birth control is immensely important. By forgetting to take your pill or get your shots, you render your birth control unreliable. If you are taking a form of birth control currently, the following tips can help you remember all the important aspects of your birth control so that it remains viable and dependable.
There are a variety of apps that women depend on to help them remember to take their birth control. Many of these apps are easy to use and can be incorporated into your lifestyle quite easily. The app known as iPill is designed for Android devices and contains various reminders for users to take their birth control pill and can also be employed to remind them about their patch, ring, or IUD prescriptions.
Another exceptional app is myPill. This relatively simple app features an interactive graphic showcasing a four-week pill pack. Every day that passes, a pill disappears. This app helps women keep track of their own pill pack. For women and men who prefer to rely on condoms for birth control and to guard against STDs, the iCondom app allows users to locate the nearest condom dispensers and stores where condoms can be purchased.
Use Your Smartphone
Many women use the basic features of their smartphones to help them remember to take their pill, set appointments to see the doctor, or renew their prescriptions. Women can use their phone’s calendar to set dates so that they get their routine exams on time or return on time for birth control shots. Alarms can also be set on smartphones to remind women to take their pill or to set appointments and so forth.
Use the Clock
Today’s low dose birth control pills require women to take it at the same time each day. This ensures that their birth control becomes part of their daily routine and maintains the highest effectiveness. Many women take their pill with breakfast or their first cup of coffee of the day. Some might take it at lunch. By making your birth control method part of your daily routine, you will be less likely to forget about it.
It can be helpful to leave condoms or pill packs in the same place so that you’ll always know where to find them. Some women leave their pill packs with their toothbrush or makeup case. Others keep them their pill pack with their daily vitamin. Similarly, if condoms are kept in the same place, it will be no problem to find them when they’re needed.
Finally, if you travel, always keep a checklist that includes the packing of your birth control method whether you use a diaphragm, condoms, or your birth control pill. Similarly, if you are heading out for the evening, always be sure to bring along a condom just in case you need to rely on one.
Keep these tips in mind as they can help you remember your birth control. You can reduce the likelihood that you’ll forget about it if you are prepared and have a good plan for remembering in place.