Which Type of Birth Control is Right For You?

With so many birth control options out there, the decision can feel overwhelming. And there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to preventing pregnancy. To find the right method to meet your needs, start with an appointment at Centennial OBGYN PA, where you can discuss your birth control options with one of our knowledgeable providers.

You and your doctor work as a team to find the best birth control solution to suit your medical needs, lifestyle, and long-term family planning goals.

What birth control options are available?

At Centennial OBGYN PA, we offer a wide range of birth control and family planning options.

Barrier methods

Several barrier methods of birth control are available that prevent the contact of sperm and egg. Male and female condoms are effective at preventing pregnancy and, when used properly, can also protect you from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In fact, condoms are the only birth control method that protects against STDs.

Additional female barrier methods include the diaphragm and the sponge, both of which require placement inside the vagina prior to sexual activity.

Hormonal options

Hormonal birth control methods stop your ovaries from releasing an egg every month. They also make changes to your body that reduce your risk of becoming pregnant. Common hormonal birth control methods include:

While effective at preventing pregnancy, hormonal birth control does not prevent STDs, so you may want to use condoms as well to protect against disease.

Intrauterine device (IUD)

IUDs are also a hormonal method of birth control your doctor places inside your uterus to prevent pregnancy. An IUD is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy and is especially convenient if you think you might forget to take a pill every day or the idea of birth control injections makes you anxious. IUDs are also long-lasting, providing 3-5 years of prevention.

Non-hormonal IUDs are also available. This type of IUD is made of copper, which destroys sperm, preventing it from fertilizing an egg. Copper IUDs can successfully prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years.

Points to discuss with your doctor

Whether you’re exploring your birth control options for the first time or you’re looking to switch methods, the team at Centennial OBGYN PA is your best resource. During your birth control consultation, they will discuss your options as well as factors that may affect your decision.

Some important points to consider are:

You should also consider the side effects of each method. Many of the hormonal options are accompanied by side effects that can range from mild to severe. Your doctor will be able to discuss in detail the kind of side effects you can expect from each hormonal birth control method.

Be prepared for a trial run

If you’re trying a hormonal birth control for the first time, it’s important to remember that everyone reacts to hormone changes differently. There are many brands and options when it comes to hormonal birth control, and the first one you choose may not be the best for you. Your doctor works closely with you to determine the effectiveness of your chosen method, monitoring your side effects and satisfaction over several months.

You should always plan to use a backup method of birth control, such as a condom, during the first few months of a new hormonal method. This ensures pregnancy prevention as your body adjusts to the hormones.

If you’re not sure which method of birth control is right for you, schedule an appointment at our Frisco, TX office by calling 972-947-2281 to learn more about your available options.

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