Numerous birth control options are available today, some of which may be better suited to you than others. Shirley Rigaud-Echols, MD, and the all-female team of providers at Dekalb OB/GYN Affiliates in Decatur, Georgia, help you choose the best type of birth control for your lifestyle. To schedule your birth control consultation, call the office, or book an appointment online today.
Also known as contraception, birth control is any device, medicine, or method you use to prevent pregnancy. There are many forms of birth control from which to choose. Some types of birth control are more effective than others at preventing pregnancy.
It’s important to remember that latex condoms are the only form of contraception that also protects against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) like HIV and chlamydia.
Some forms of birth control, like condoms and spermicide, are available to purchase over the counter. Condoms are widely available and economical, but not the most effective at preventing pregnancy.
The team at Dekalb OB/GYN Affiliates prescribes a wide variety of birth control options, including:
Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) are the most effective and easy-to-use forms of birth control. They prevent pregnancy in more than 99% of cases.
LARC methods include intrauterine devices (IUDs) and birth control implants. After your doctor inserts one of these devices, you don’t need to do anything else. LARCs last for 3-10 years, depending on the type.
Short-acting hormonal methods include the birth control pill, patch, shot, and vaginal ring. You need to take a pill every day or use a new patch or ring every month. The shot lasts for three months.
Sterilization is a permanent form of birth control that requires a surgical procedure. This type is difficult or impossible to reverse. Female sterilization involves tubal ligation.
The type of birth control your provider at Dekalb OB/GYN Affiliates recommends depends on your overall health, your need to protect against STDs, and when and if you want to have children in the future.
Hormonal birth control can also play a role in treatment for certain conditions, such as endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
There’s no single best form of birth control for everyone, and women often choose different methods at various stages of life. If you’re unhappy with your current type of birth control, your provider can help you find a better approach.
To learn more about birth control, call Dekalb OB/GYN Affiliates, or book an appointment online today.