Birth Control Options
It’s important to understand all of your birth control options to decide which one is right for you. Whether you’ve just become sexually active or you’re no longer satisfied with your current method, our Dothan, AL, OBGYNs are happy to answer your questions regarding family planning.
What are the different kinds of birth control options?
When it comes to birth control, you have two main options: hormonal and non-hormonal. Non-hormonal birth control options include condoms, spermicides, diaphragm, and the copper IUD (intrauterine device). Hormonal birth control options include the pill, vaginal ring, dermal patch, the Depo Provera shot, and non-copper IUD.
Are there different kinds of birth control pills?
As you may be able to tell from all the commercials, there are a lot of birth control pills on the market and new pills are coming out all the time. Many birth control pills contain a mix of estrogen and progesterone; however, sometimes our OBGYNs may prescribe progestin-only pills if there is a reason you cannot take estrogen. Some birth control pills are even FDA-approved to treat hormonal acne.
How does hormonal birth control work?
Birth control pills and other hormonal birth control methods work by preventing ovulation (this is when the egg is released from the ovary). If there is no egg to fertilize a woman cannot become pregnant. If sperm does enter the vagina, the pill also thickens the cervical mucus, making it a less hospitable environment for the sperm to reach the egg.
Do birth control pills protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs)?
No. While birth control pills can prevent pregnancy they cannot protect against STIs. This is why it’s still important to wear condoms even if you are taking the pill or another form of hormonal birth control.
Which birth control method is right for me?
There are several factors to consider that will determine which birth control option is ideal for you. Some factors include your current health and lifestyle. Since there are pros and cons to all birth control, it’s important to discuss them with your OBGYN first. For example, if you think you might have trouble remembering to take a pill at the same time every day then birth control pills may not be right for you. Talk with your gynecologist to determine the best option.