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Exploring Different Birth Control Methods

Exploring Different Birth Control Methods

There are many different kinds of birth control. Some have hormones, some you take every day, and some can help protect you against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). With so many options to choose from, many women might not know what method is right for you.

You can find the right option with the help of your Genesis OBGYN provider. Learn about the different birth control methods that our providers may recommend, then request an appointment to discuss your options!

Low-Maintenance, Longer-Term Birth Control Options

Low-maintenance birth control is a great option for women looking for a one-time, reversible protection against pregnancy. Our team has experience helping patients select the best option for their lifestyle and health goals. We’ll help you select your contraceptive method without judgment or stigma. 

Some long-term birth control methods, called intrauterine devices (IUDs), sit inside the uterus. IUDs are small, T-shaped devices that can remain in place for three to eight years. You can select a hormonal IUD or a copper IUD.

Another option is a hormonal arm implant, which is a small rod placed under your skin. It remains there for three to five years. Implants and IUDs are a great option if you want to “set it and forget it.” When you want the IUD or implant removed or replaced, just talk to your provider!

Birth Control Pills

Oral contraceptives are commonly known as “the pill.” These pills can be progestin-only or a combined hormone pill that must be taken every day to help you avoid getting pregnant. You can take the pill for a short period or years at a time. Birth control pills can be a helpful option for managing symptoms of endometriosis and other gynecological conditions. 

Barrier Method Birth Control

Barrier birth control methods create a barrier inside the vagina to block sperm from traveling to the uterus. Male and female condoms are latex barriers that prevent sperm from entering the uterus. These barrier methods also come with the benefit of protecting you and your partner from STIs. If you are allergic to latex, a non-latex condom or another birth control option may be the best option for you.

You can also use spermicide, a product that kills sperm, which can be placed in several types of birth control you use during intercourse. The right method of birth control for you may be a combination of contraceptives. You may be more comfortable using both a condom and taking birth control pills, so you are protected against pregnancy and STIs. You can discuss all of these options and find the right combinations with your provider.

Permanent Birth Control Options

There are permanent methods of birth control available if you are uninterested in having children or your family is already complete.

Female sterilization, also known as tubal ligation, is a surgical procedure where the fallopian tubes are tied or cut and sealed, so sperm cannot meet eggs for fertilization. Although pregnancy is now extremely unlikely, your provider may continue to recommend birth control to protect you against STIs.

Emergency Contraception

Emergency contraception methods are available if a birth control method is not used during intercourse or if it has broken. This method includes the emergency contraceptive pill and a copper IUD. Your provider can recommend the type of emergency contraception that may be right for you in the event you need it.

Your Provider Can Help You Choose the Right Birth Control Method

Your provider at Genesis OBGYN can discuss all of your birth control options and recommend the method that works best for you. Contact us to schedule an appointment to discuss birth control methods today.