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By James A. Scales, MD
November 01, 2018
Category: Birth Control
Tags: IUD   Birth Control   Diaphragm  

Choosing the right birth control to suit your needs and lifestyle is a very important and personal decision that you will have to consider if you are sexually active and do not want to get pregnant. During this time it’s important to have an OBGYN that you can turn to not just for proper checkups and health care, but also to present you with the different birth control options available to you so that you can make an informed decision about your sexual health.

Birth control falls into two categories: Hormonal and non-hormonal. While this may certainly be a factor in the decision-making process there are also other factors and benefits that some birth control may offer that may make it more ideal for you than others. For example, there are some forms of birth control that can improve cramping and other PMS symptoms, while other birth control options are easy to use and don’t require you to take them at the same time each day. These are all things to consider when it comes to choosing the proper birth control for you.

There are approximately 12 different kinds of birth control including:

  • Condoms
  • Spermicides
  • Contraceptive pills
  • Birth control implant
  • Vaginal ring
  • Patch
  • Diaphragm
  • Intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Injection
  • Tubal ligation
  • Abstinence

As you might imagine, contraceptive pills, the ring, patch, implant, injection, and plastic IUDs are hormonal, which means that these methods release hormones that prevent the ovaries from releasing an egg.

Non-hormonal methods include the diaphragm, copper IUD, spermicides, and condoms. When used correctly, condoms are also able to protect against STDS. It’s important to understand that while many of these methods are designed to prevent pregnancy they do not protect against STDS. This is why it’s still important to wear a condom even if you are taking birth control.

Of course, for women who are already finished with family planning or have chosen not to have children, they may opt for tubal ligation, which is a permanent way to prevent pregnancy.


It’s important that you fully understand the advantages and disadvantages of each birth control method beforehand. This is why it’s so vital to have a gynecologist you can trust to sit down with you and to help you determine the best option for your needs. Call your OBGYN today to schedule an appointment.

By James A. Scales, MD
August 09, 2018
Category: Birth Control
Tags: IUD   Birth Control   Contraception  

Birth Control MethodsLet us help you choose the right birth control to fit your lifestyle.

Choosing birth control is a very personal decision and one that can sometimes feel rather confusing. After all, there are so many different options out there that you may not be sure which one is the best approach for your sexual health. This is where our Texarkana, TX, OBGYN, Dr. James Scales, comes in. We are happy to talk to you about your birth control options and answer any questions you might have.

Birth control can be divided into five different categories:

  • Hormonal options
  • Barrier methods
  • Intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Natural methods
  • Emergency contraception

Hormonal Options

This includes everything from birth control pills, patches, implants, and the ring. Hormonal birth control can contain estrogen or progestin-only (also referred to as the minipill). There are many different birth control pill options and our gynecologist in Texarkana would be happy to help you determine the best one for you.

Barrier Methods

This includes condoms, diaphragms, and cervical caps. Condoms are also the only birth control method that also protects against STDs. This is why it’s important that you use a condom even if you are using other birth control methods because it is the only thing that can prevent the spread of STDs. Condoms, diaphragms, and cervical caps can be found at your local drugstore and don’t require a prescription.

Intrauterine Device

An IUD, is a very small device that is placed into the uterus where it will stay anywhere from 3-10 years. This is a great option for women who don’t want to worry about taking a pill at the same time every day or who aren’t looking to get pregnant for a few years. Of course, if you do change your mind and want to get pregnant, our doctor can remove the IUD at any time.

The two types of IUDs are copper or hormonal, and the one that’s right for you will depend on your specific birth control needs and lifestyle. Since there are no hormones within the copper IUD, women do not experience the side effects that they can with hormonal birth control.

Natural Methods and Emergency Contraception

Natural methods include abstinence or the rhythm method, in which you track your fertile and infertile times of the month to prevent pregnancy. Emergency contraception shouldn’t be used as a regular birth control method but can be taken to prevent pregnancy within the first three days after unprotected sex.

If you want to talk to our Texarkana, TX, OB/GYN about the best birth control option for you don’t hesitate to give our office a call today to schedule a consultation with us. We know choosing the best birth control method for you is a personal decision; let us help make the decision easier.

By James A. Scales, MD
March 02, 2018
Category: Birth Control
Tags: IUD   Birth Control  

Birth Control OptionsIf you are not planning on becoming pregnant than your thoughts might turn to considering birth control. There is a lot of information out there on the subject and, of course, there is also a lot of misinformation. This is why it’s important that you have a gynecologist to which you can turn to provide you with all the accurate and personalized information you need on birth control. Find out what options are available to you so you can make a more informed decision about your sexual health.

Birth Control Pill

By taking this hormone medication at the same time each day you can prevent pregnancy from occurring. Birth control pills stop ovulation, which means that the sperm will not be able to fertilize the egg. It’s important that you remember to take this medication at the same time each day to make sure that it is most effective.

Of course, the pill will not protect against STDs, so it’s important that you continue to use condoms every time to reduce your risk.


Most people know about condoms, the only birth control method that protects against both pregnancy and STDs. Condoms can be made from a variety of materials and work by preventing sperm from entering the vagina. It’s important to use condoms during oral, vaginal and anal sex to fully protect yourself against STDs. Even if you decide on another form of birth control it’s important that you continue to use condoms.

Intrauterine Device (IUD)

This small T-shaped device is placed in the uterus to prevent pregnancy. There are several options out there that are both hormonal and non-hormonal (copper IUDs). The copper IUD can prevent pregnancy for up to 12 years while hormonal IUDs can work for several years depending on the specific type you choose. You’ll come into the office for a minor insertion procedure so we place the IUD. Once it’s placed it will remain there for several years before needing to be removed. If you do decide to get pregnant while you have an IUD, all we have to do is remove it.

Of course, there are many other forms of birth control from the patch to injections to an implant. Whether you have questions about birth control or you are ready to discuss your options, it’s time you turned to an OBGYN who can guide you through the many choices and help you determine which one might be the best one for you based on your lifestyle and needs.