Your Birth Control Options

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.

Condoms

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.

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