Not all options work for everyone. Discover the different kinds of contraception from which to choose.
While some women find that hormonal contraception works great for the,m there are others that find the side effects so severe that it’s impossible to take this form of birth control. Of course, there are many options out there and our OBGYN, Premiere OBYN in Pembroke Pines, FL can certainly help you make an informed decision about your reproductive health.
We are fortunate to live in a day and age where there are many different methods for contraception. Here are some of the common ones used.
The pill is one of the most commonly used forms of contraception. While the pill was first created in the 60s, there are now a variety of different options. Some pills contain both estrogen and progestin while others contain only progestin. While the pill won’t protect you against STDs, it can protect against pregnancy. When taken at the same time every day, oral contraceptives can be up to 99 percent effective.
There are condoms available for both men and women. However, the male condom tends to be the most commonly used method. Condoms can protect against pregnancy as well as STDs, which is why it is combined with the contraceptive pill to protect you and your partners from the risk of disease. While condoms are often made from latex, if you have an allergy to latex be sure to talk to your Pembroke Pines, FL gynecologist about other condoms that do not contain latex and are safe to use.
Female condoms are also highly effectively and can be placed for a few hours before having sex. While these condoms are less likely to break than male condom, they are often a bit more expensive.
This barrier method of contraception is inserted into the vagina to prevent sperm from traveling to the uterus. Like the pill, a diaphragm is a great option for protecting against unwanted pregnancy but it will not protect against STDs.
Every time before the diaphragm is inserted, spermicide will need to be applied to it. There are different diaphragm styles and options so it’s important to talk to your OBGYN about whether this is the right method for you.
Intrauterine Device (IUD)
IUDs have become a popular new way to protect against pregnancy. There are two different kinds: a copper device and a hormonal device. IUDs are designed to remain in your vagina for up to 10 years before needing to be replaced. They offer a 99 percent efficacy rate but do not offer protection against STDs, so you’ll still need to use condoms to protect against diseases.
If you have questions about contraception don’t hesitate to reach out to your Pembroke Pines, FL gynecologist. We can sit down and discuss your lifestyle, health and other factors that can help us determine which kind of contraception is right for you and your individual needs.