Alternatives to Tri-Sprintec
There are many different types and brands of hormonal contraceptives and it is not uncommon for women to try a few different ones before finding the right fit for them. Different types contain different types of progesterone and estrogen supplements, and you may find that you are more sensitive to some than others. Women who are particularly sensitive to estrogen may be better suited to low-estrogen oral contraceptives, which help to reduce estrogen-related side effects such as breast tenderness and headaches. Alternatively, your doctor may recommend the progesterone-only pill, or the mini pill, which contains no estrogen and is taken continuously without a monthly break for a bleed.
Non-oral forms of hormonal contraceptive are also available, and are useful if you struggle to remember to take your pills each day. Non-oral hormonal contraceptives include the implant (Implanon, Nexplanon), the shot (Depo-Provera), and the intrauterine device (IUD, Mirena, ParaGard, Skyla, Liletta, Kyleena). The IUD in particular is suited to women with certain other health conditions, such as diabetes or hypertension, as it works locally to the reproductive system. For advice on which type of contraceptive might be best for you, speak to your doctor or health worker.
If you don’t want to use hormonal contraceptives, or have a contradictory health condition or medication, you can rely on barrier methods instead. These include cervical cap (FemCap) and condoms, which are the only form of contraception to offer partial protection from STIs.