Birth Control Over 30: New Options

iud( — Fallen out of love with your birth control? Maybe you’re put off by the side effects — cramps from hell, unpredictable bleeding. Or maybe remembering to pop a pill just isn’t your strong suit. Problem is, going without isn’t a good choice, even as you get older: Nearly 40 percent of pregnancies among women in their 40s, for instance, are unplanned.

The good news is that there are more safe, effective contraception options than ever for women who may be done having children or who are 30-plus. Which one is best for you?

Combo pill: Who can try it?

Almost all women. Sur­prised? Truth is, a growing body of research debunks some myths surrounding this 99%–effective form of contraception—like the notion that it brings on menopause or ups the risk for some cancers.

The Pill can ease maddening peri­menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, hormonal mood swings, and irregular bleeding. What’s more, it may help prevent ovarian and uterine cancers.