Dr. Ronen OB/GYN
OB/GYNs located in Houston, TX
Birth Control Q & A
How do I choose the right birth control method?
There are now many options for birth control, so it can be hard to know which is right for you. Factors to consider include:
- Convenience and ease of use
- Possible side effects
- Effectiveness in preventing pregnancy
- Reversibility, should you wish to become pregnant
- Effects on your menstrual cycle
- Protection against STDs
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.
What forms of birth control are available?
There are various methods you can use to avoid unwanted pregnancy. Contraceptives that use hormones to prevent conception include:
- Combined contraceptive pill (estrogen and progestin)
- Mini pill (progestin only)
- Medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) injection
- Hormonal skin patches
- Vaginal ring
- Progestin implant
- Hormonal IUD
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 our doctors 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.
What side effects does birth control cause?
Hormonal birth control does carry a risk of side effects, which our doctors will discuss with you in detail during your consultation. Possible side effects of hormonal birth control include:
- Tender breasts
- Mood changes
- Irregular vaginal spotting or bleeding
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 us know.
If you need help deciding on the best form of contraception, Dr. Itai and Pinky Ronen have 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.
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