Birth Control Specialist

Wendy S. Giles, MD, FACOG -  - Gynecologist

Wendy S. Giles, MD, FACOG

Gynecologist located in Marietta, GA

Selecting an appropriate birth control method is essential in preventing unwanted pregnancies and minimizing unwanted side effects. The number of birth control options can make it difficult to know which is right for you. Wendy S. Giles, MD, FACOG, is an experienced gynecologist in Marietta, Georgia, who helps her patients choose a birth control that meets their needs and personal preferences and takes into account their medical history. If you need help choosing or obtaining birth control, call the office today or schedule an appointment online.

Birth Control Q & A

How do I choose a birth control method?

With so many options for preventing pregnancies, choosing a birth control method is challenging. Factors to consider when evaluating contraception include:

  • Pregnancy-prevention effectiveness
  • Ease of use
  • Possible side effects
  • STD protection
  • Affordability
  • Reversibility, in case you wish to become pregnant at a later date

It’s important to understand that no birth control method is 100% effective, but the risk of unwanted pregnancy is significantly reduced if you select a birth control method you can use correctly and consistently.

What are my birth control options?

There are various birth control methods to prevent pregnancy, including hormone-based contraceptives, barrier methods, intrauterine devices, and permanent birth control.

Hormone-based birth control

Birth control that uses hormones to prevent pregnancy include:

  • Combined birth control pills (estrogen and progestin)
  • Mini pill (progestin only)
  • Hormonal IUD
  • Implant (progestin)
  • Medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) injection
  • Hormonal skin patches
  • Vaginal ring

Barrier method birth control

Barrier methods of birth control prevent sperm from reaching the uterus, and include:

  • Male condom
  • Female condom
  • Diaphragm
  • Cervical cap

Barrier methods have higher risks for unwanted pregnancy than hormonal birth control and are best used in combination with a spermicide to kill any sperm that get past the barrier.

Intrauterine devices

Intrauterine device (IUD) birth control methods involve Dr. Giles placing a small device in your uterus. IUDs release hormones, including estrogen and progestin, or copper, a substance that reduces sperm motility.


Permanent birth control, such as sterilization, is appropriate for women who are sure they don’t want to have children.

What are the side effects of birth control?

Hormonal birth control may cause side effects. Dr. Giles discusses with you in detail the possible side effects of your chosen birth control method. Common hormonal birth control side effects include:

  • Irregular bleeding and spotting between periods
  • Mood irregularity
  • Nausea
  • Tender breasts
  • Bloating

Hormonal birth control side effects often wear off after taking birth control for several months.

If you need help deciding which birth control method is right for you or are experiencing uncomfortable side effects from your chosen birth control method, Dr. Giles can help. Call the practice today or book an appointment online.