Before you even think about using contraception, there are a few things you need to speak to your doctor about. The experts at Marie Stopes suggest asking the following:
"What are my contraceptive options, taking into account my medical and family history, age, and reproductive health needs?
How does it work? How soon will it work as a contraceptive?
How effective is the method at preventing me from getting pregnant?
How often do I need to remember to take it?
What if I forget to take it?
How will it affect my periods?
Will my mood and skin be affected?
What are the common side effects from it and will these go with time?
Will it improve period pain or will I get heavier periods?
Which hormones does it contain and how may these affect me?"