Making an Informed Decision
At Woodlands OBGYN Associates, we can help you make an informed decision about birth control. Birth control is used to prevent unwanted pregnancy. Many forms of birth control are available today. There are non-permanent and permanent methods available, and you should discuss what methods best meet your family planning needs.
Learn About Your Birth Control Options
If you’re not sure when you’ll be ready to have your first child, or if you are not ready to add to your existing family, a non-permanent method such as daily birth control pills, or a Mirena® IUD, would be excellent options for you to discuss with your doctor.
On the other hand, if you are certain that do not wish to have any more children and are looking for a permanent, non-reversible option, a tubal ligation procedure could be an option for you as well.
Either way, a candid discussion with your Woodlands OBGYN physician will help guide you to the answer that is right for you, providing you with peace of mind.
Non-Permanent Birth Control
For couples who have not yet started their families, or who may be unsure about whether they wish to add to their existing family, non-permanent birth control should be considered in order to prevent pregnancy. Some of these options include methods.
- Birth Control Pills – Also known as Oral Contraceptive Pills (OCPs), OCPs are taken by mouth daily and rely on hormones to prevent ovulation in order to prevent pregnancy.
- NUVA Ring® – This flexible plastic ring is inserted into the vagina and worn 24/7 for the first three weeks of a woman’s menstrual cycle; this method relies on the release of hormones to prevent ovulation, thus reducing the chances of fertilization and pregnancy. Many women appreciate not having to remember to take daily pills with this method.
- Intrauterine Device (IUD) – An IUD is a small device, often “Y” shaped. Some contain copper or levonorgestrel to prevent ovulation.
- Mirena® IUD (contains progesterone) – A specific type of IUD that is one of the most effective, is made of plastic, and releases hormones to prevent pregnancy. This IUD is effective immediately upon placement in the uterus and remains effective for five years.
- Paragard – An IUD made with copper.
- Nexplanon – A sub-dermal contraceptive implant.