Understanding Your Contraception Options

Understanding Your Contraception Options

To many people, an OBGYN and midwife mean pregnancy and a new baby. While these medical professionals certainly play an important role in shepherding a woman through labor and delivery, they also do much more, including advising on important topics like contraception.

Here at Habersham OBGYN in Demorest, Georgia, our top-notch team provides integrative health care services for a woman throughout her lifetime. From our personalized care and supportive environment to our innovative protocols and equipment, we offer an outstanding experience for everyone, from expectant mothers to women who are seeking preventive services, care for a health issue, or assistance navigating menopause.

Contraception

Also known as birth control, contraception can come in many forms with all designed to prevent pregnancy. While different types tend to have varying success rates, there is no one “best” kind — only the kind that's best for an individual woman and her situation.

Possible choices run the gamut from condoms, diaphragms, and intrauterine devices (IUDs) to birth control pills, patches, shots, and more. More permanent solutions like a vasectomy for men or tubal ligation for women are other options.

Factors to consider

There are a number of things to think about when choosing a type of birth control. These can include such questions as how effective do you need it to be and do you want to have children someday (and if so, when). Lifestyle factors like whether or not you can commit to taking a daily pill or using something every time can also come into play, as well as possible health concerns to consider like abnormal bleeding or a reproductive issue. Cost can be a consideration as well.

Effectiveness

The most effective types of birth control include the IUD and birth control implant at 99% effectiveness. Birth control shots come in next, working 94% of the time, followed by birth control vaginal rings, patches, and pills at 91%. Diaphragms are effective 88% of the time and condoms 85%. While many types of contraception can prevent pregnancy, only condoms protect against sexually transmitted diseases.

Choosing a contraceptive method

An expert in women's health can be an important partner in helping determine the right type of contraception. An appointment may include a pelvic exam, blood work, and/or screening for sexually transmitted diseases, depending on a woman's situation. Information about different birth control options is provided, and any issues like pelvic pain should be evaluated. At the conclusion of the contraception evaluation, a woman will be able to make an informed decision about what kind of birth control is best for her.

Whether you're looking to start birth control or switch from your current situation,  call our office at 706-229-4718 for an appointment today or book one online and let us help you make this important selection.

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