Not sure which birth control method is right for you? Our San Dimas, CA OB/GYN, Dr. Richard Williams of Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates, discusses available contraceptive choices.
Barrier birth control
Barrier contraceptive methods keep you from becoming pregnant by preventing sperm from entering your uterus. Barrier methods include diaphragms, condoms, cervical caps, and contraceptive sponges.
The birth control pill is the most well-known hormonal contraceptive, but it's not the only one. Other choices include shots, vaginal rings, implants, one type of intrauterine devices (IUDs), and patches. Hormonal methods stop ovulation from occurring, thin the uterine lining and thicken cervical mucus, which makes it hard for sperm to make their way from the vagina to the uterus.
T-shaped IUDs are inserted into your uterus during a minor procedure in our San Dimas office. IUDs typically last 10 years before they are replaced, but can be removed earlier if you decide that you're ready to have a baby.
Tubal ligations are used to permanently prevent pregnancy in women. During the surgical procedure, the Fallopian tube are cut and tied off or blocked. As a result, eggs can no longer travel to your uterus.
Natural family planning
Natural family planning involves tracking your menstrual cycle and avoiding sex around ovulation. Although NFP can help you avoid pregnancy, it's much less effective than other birth control methods.
Which contraceptive option is best for me?
The ideal birth control method for you depends on several factors, such as:
- Your Health: Your health may impact your ability to use certain methods, such as hormonal birth control. Hormonal methods generally aren't recommended if you've had a stroke or blood clot in the past or are a smoker. In some cases, hormonal birth control can also worsen migraines.
- Your Memory: Are you confident that you'll remember to take a pill every day or use a condom or diaphragm every time you have sex? If you're concerned that you may forget about birth control, implants, birth control shots or an IUD may increase your confidence in your birth control method.
- Reversibility: If you think you might want to get pregnant in the near future, condoms, cervical caps, or diaphragms may be a better choice than long-term options.
Are you interested in learning more about your birth control options? Schedule an appointment with San Dimas, CA OB/GYN, Dr. Williams of Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates, by calling (909) 599-8677.