Selecting the right birth control is essential in preventing unwanted pregnancies. The choice of contraceptive methods is so varied it can be hard to know which to choose. Pinky Ronen, MD, is an experienced OB/GYN in Houston who helps his patients make the choice that’s best for them, taking into account their medical history, lifestyle, and personal preferences. If you need help with birth control, call Dr. Ronen OB/GYN today or book an appointment online.
There are now many options for birth control, so it can be hard to know which is right for you. Factors to consider include:
No birth control method is 100% effective, but your chances of incurring unwanted pregnancy are far less if you choose a method that you can use consistently and in the right way.
Natural family planning is an option for those women who can’t or prefer not to use contraceptives. It involves identifying your most fertile days so you don’t have sex when you’re most likely to conceive.
There are various methods you can use to avoid unwanted pregnancy. Contraceptives that use hormones to prevent conception include:
There are also barrier methods of contraception that aim to prevent sperm from reaching the uterus, such as male and female condoms, and the diaphragm or cervical cap. It’s best to use these barrier methods in conjunction with a spermicide that kills any sperm that escapes the barrier.
An IUD (intrauterine device) is a small plastic device that Dr. Ronen can place in your uterus where it sits without you being able to feel it, providing safe long-term contraception. An IUD may be hormonal, releasing regular quantities of estrogen and progestin for several years, or copper, a substance that affects sperm health and motility.
You may wish to consider permanent forms of birth control, such as sterilization if you’re sure you don’t want to have any more children.
Hormonal birth control does carry a risk of side effects, which Dr. Ronen discusses with you in detail during your consultation. Possible side effects of hormonal birth control include:
You may experience some of these side effects when you first start taking hormonal birth control, but they often wear off after the first few months. If you experience any side effects when taking hormonal birth control, let Dr. Ronen know.
If you need help deciding on the best form of contraception, Dr. Ronen has the expertise to help you make the choice that’s most suitable for you. Call Dr. Ronen OB/GYN today or book an appointment online.