Birth control has one great upside: no pregnancies! (Yes, it’s not a 100-percent guarantee, but it’s pretty darn reliable.) But in order to reap that benefit, you may also have to deal with extra pounds, depression, or other unpleasant side effects. While at times these are just mild irritations, for some women they can become so debilitating that they quit using their BC.

No use resorting to the pullout method, though. There are reasons certain women tend to react differently to each type of contraception—and there’s one out there that’s best for you. Learn what’s up with your body and your alternatives, then talk to your doctor to determine your smartest bet.

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