If you aren't ready for children, then it only makes sense to have a reliable birth control method in place. For many women, the birth control pill is the method of choice because it is readily available, affordable, and reliable. There are some important mistakes that you will want to avoid, though, so you don't end up unexpectedly pregnant.
#1: Not having a backup method in place
The pill is only reliable if it is taken daily as directed. This means basic human error – forgetting to take a pill – could have devastating consequences. Make sure you are always prepared with a backup method. This could be as simple as carrying a condom in your purse or using a lubricant that contains a spermicide, or it could be a more in-depth or after-the-fact option, such as keeping a dosage of the morning after pill at home just in case of an oversight. The key is to have a plan in place before you need it, so you can act accordingly and avoid a major mistake.
#2: Taking the pill irregularly
Most users of the birth control pill know they need to take it everyday for it to work correctly, but there is more to regular use than just daily use. It's best to take the pill at the same time everyday as well. It is a hormone, so taking it daily and at consistent intervals is the key to ensuring that the pill is most effective. As an added benefit, taking your pill at the same time everyday is also more likely to make it a habit, so that you will be less likely to forget to take the pill. You can take it in the morning or at night, just choose a time that you can maintain and when you can remember your pill.
#3: Ignorance of things that counteract the pill
It's also important to know what can make the pill less effective so that you can be prepared. Certain medications and dietary supplements, especially those that affect hormone levels, can render the pill less effective. It's important to talk to your pharmacist about any prescription or over-the-counter medications you are taking to find out if they can affect your birth control. Every pill is slightly different, so it's a good idea to read the paperwork insert with the medication and pay special attention to the warnings about anything that can decrease the effectiveness.
For more help, talk to a doctor or birth control clinic in your area.