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.
With so many options for preventing pregnancies, choosing a birth control method is challenging. Factors to consider when evaluating contraception include:
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.
There are various birth control methods to prevent pregnancy, including hormone-based contraceptives, barrier methods, intrauterine devices, and permanent birth control.
Birth control that uses hormones to prevent pregnancy include:
Barrier methods of birth control prevent sperm from reaching the uterus, and include:
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 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.
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:
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.