Everything You Need to Know About Hormonal Birth Control

Family planning is a very personal decision. Fortunately, there are many options available, including hormonal birth control.

Dr. Thomas Hatchett and our expert team at Habersham OBGYN in Demorest, Georgia, help women from their teens to post-menopause with all their gynecological and obstetrical needs, including birth control options. Whether you are seeking preventive services, assistance with a health issue, or are having a baby, we provide personalized care in a warm, supportive environment.

Birth control options

A wide variety of birth control choices are available, ranging from methods that need to be used every time like a condom to permanent kinds like tubal ligation and vasectomy. One type that falls between the two is hormonal birth control.

Hormonal birth control

Hormonal birth control can be divided into two categories: combination hormonal birth control, which uses synthetic estrogen, and one of a number of possible kinds of progestin and progestin-only birth control which, as its name suggests, uses only progestin.

There are a variety of benefits to these types of birth control. Not only are they convenient but many have some of the most effective rates when used properly. Almost all are reversible and they can even help with unpleasant health issues like painful menstrual cramps and bad acne.

Types of hormonal birth control

Even after a woman decides hormonal birth control is right for her, there are decisions to be made on which particular type will best fit with her situation. A medical professional is key to this determination.

Combination birth control pills

These birth control pills contain both estrogen and progestin and need to be taken every day. They come in different types known as monophasic, biphasic, and triphasic, as well as extended cycle, depending how the hormones are distributed in the pack.

Mini-pill

The mini-pill has only progestin and also must be taken daily. It is often used by women who are breastfeeding.

NuvaRing

This contraceptive device is put in the vagina and over a course of three weeks slowly releases estrogen and progestin. It is removed for the fourth week every month.

Patch

The Patch is attached to the skin and is replaced every week for three weeks then left off for week four. Estrogen and progestin are absorbed through the skin.

Depo Provera

This is an injectable birth control that releases progestin slowly over an approximately three-month period depending on the specific version.

Nexplanon

This birth control option is a rod that gets inserted into the upper arm where it releases progestin gradually. It can work for up to three years so is considered long-lasting while also reversible.

Liletta IUD

The Liletta IUD is inserted into the uterus by a doctor where it releases progestin. It can be effective for seven years or removed early if desired.

With so many types of hormonal birth control available, there is something for almost everyone. However, selecting the right one can feel overwhelming. If you're thinking about contraception options, book online or call our office at 706-229-4718 today for an appointment.

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