When it comes to family planning and birth control, it is important for women to understand all of their options along with the pros and cons of each. By communicating with your gynecologist, you will be able to identify the best birth control option that meets your personal preferences and needs. As you discuss birth control with your doctor, be sure to ask these essential questions during your visit.
What are my birth control options?
Your first step in talking with your doctor should be choosing a birth control method. Along with the pill, there are many choices such as intrauterine devices, non-surgical permanent birth control, or the three-month hormonal birth control shot.
What kinds of side effects can I expect?
Different birth control methods can have a number of varying side effects. With hormonal birth control methods, there may be a higher chance of headaches, dizziness, or weight gain. IUDs are often associated with menstrual cramping and bloating, but they offer added convenience without the need for daily doses.
How does my birth control work?
Each birth control method works differently, and it is important to be familiar with how yours works so that you can avoid any errors that may result in an unplanned pregnancy. Implanted devices like the IUD or Essure are the most worry-free solutions, since they work without any effort on the part of the user.
How effective is this method of birth control?
There is no birth control method that is 100% effective, so you will want to know what the margin of error is for your birth control. The pill has the largest range of effectiveness, since it works best when it is taken at the same time every day with no missed doses.
Regardless of your family planning goals, the doctors at Desert West OBGYN will help you find the right method of birth control for your needs. To schedule an appointment at one of our Phoenix-area offices in Glendale, Anthem, Arrowhead, and Estrella, call us at (602) 978-1500.