Birth control is simple to acquire. Condoms can be purchased at any drug, grocery, or big box (Walmart, Sam’s Club, etc.) store and are fairly inexpensive. The Pill or any other chemical birth control requires seeing your OB/GYN so an appointment is mandatory. The Pill or a Nuva Ring type product is a prescription that you fill at a pharmacy. These methods rely on you alone to administer them and you need to be diligent in making sure they are consistently being taken. Depending on insurance under the skin implant, or IUD needs to be performed by a doctor. These methods are a little more long term with the shot lasting up to 3 months and the device implants can last up to 2-5 years. Check with your doctor to figure out which method fits your lifestyle best.
Family planning is a very personal process; and using birth control is a given if you and your spouse are not ready for a child or, are going to be childless by choice. Though vasectomies are becoming more common, they are usually reserved for aging men and those that already have families. Thus, men are more apt to be supporting their wives in managing birth control choices. It used to be that the subject of birth control was taboo, and women frequented undercover clinics that preserved anonymity and charged a nominal fee. Although these organizations still exist, it is now commonplace these to obtain any type of birth control from the family doctor or primary care physician. If you don’t have a regular doctor, there are clinics in most counties that specialize in providing reproductive services to women. Just be sure the office you choose takes your types of insurance. If insurance is an issue, look for a Planned Parenthood or public health clinic- they may render services at a reduced cost. Before your appointment, research the many different birth control options so you're prepared to discuss them. The doctor will likely have a pamphlet of information and will answer your questions. Giving this some consideration beforehand will prepare you to choose the best method for you and your partner. Each type comes with its drawbacks; and you may try a few before you are satisfied. This is completely normal.