There is no one "right" method of birth control, as every woman's needs and preferences are different. Women should consult a local gynecologist to discuss available birth control methods, since gynecologists can offer personalized recommendations based on your medical history and preferences. Keep reading to discover some of the options your gynecologist may discuss for your birth control.
Birth control pills are a popular type of contraceptive. They contain estrogen, which halts the production of eggs, and progestin, which inhibits the fertilization of eggs. While many women consider the pill to be convenient, it may not be the best choice for women who may forget to take it every day. Skipping dosages decreases the effectiveness. Additionally, women should discuss the possible side effects with a gynecologist before trying it.
The birth control injection may be ideal for women who might forget to take a pill every day. The injection delivers a dose of progestin to prevent unwanted pregnancies. It can also reduce menstrual bleeding. Women who choose this method will visit a gynecologist every three months to receive an injection. However, since it may take a while to become pregnant after ceasing use, the injection may not be best for women who wish to grow their families in the near future.
Much like the injection, the birth control implant releases progestin into the body. A gynecologist can insert the implant under the skin of the upper arm. This simple procedure takes just a few minutes and its effectiveness can last for up to three years. Women who choose to use the implant often do so because of its hassle-free nature. However, women should be aware that it may cause irregular bleeding for up to a year. Essure is a different type of implant placed non-surgically in the fallopian tubes to prevent pregnancy with over 99% effectiveness. This method is completely permanent, and the procedure only takes about 45 minutes with minimal downtime.
IUDs, or intrauterine devices are small, flexible T-shaped devices placed in the uterus to prevent sperm from fertilizing eggs. Some IUDs release progestin, while others contain copper and have a longer period of effectiveness—up to 12 years. There are more restrictions with IUDs than with other forms of birth control, so it is important to discuss all the pros and cons of this method with your gynecologist.
The gynecologists of Desert West OBGYN offer a full range of healthcare services for women, including birth control counseling, prenatal care, well woman exams, and many more. Our gynecologists and obstetricians are dedicated to providing compassionate, personalized care to every patient. Our OB-GYN offices in the Arrowhead, Estrella, Glendale, and Anthem areas may be reached at (602) 457-6459.