Your Birth Control Options

If you live near Plantation, Hollywood, or Pembroke Pines, FL, and need birth control, it’s time to meet with an experienced doctor at Premiere OBGYN. We’re dedicated to offering a variety of safe and effective birth control options for patients throughout the area. We start with a complete medical history because your overall health and wellbeing have a strong impact on the type of birth control you can use safely.

Let’s look at some of the most requested forms of birth control. This information can guide you when it’s time to discuss your options with your doctor.  

Hormonal Birth Control Options

Hormonal contraception refers to any method that works by manipulating your hormone levels to stop ovulation. If your body isn’t ovulating, there is no egg to fertilize.

Birth control pills are the most common option in this category, but there are now some alternatives, including:

  • Patches
  • Injections
  • Implants

The easiest method is the pill, but it’s only effective if you take it every day at around the same time. Patches are a bit more convenient because you can leave them in place for a week at a time. You still need to keep up with the cycle, including going without the patch every fourth week.

Injections and implants are often the best choices for those who may struggle with consistency. They still require you to keep regular appointments with your OBGYN to repeat the injections or have the implants replaced on schedule.

Barrier Methods to Prevent Pregnancy

A barrier method is designed to stop sperm from reaching your eggs. When the path is blocked, the sperm can’t fertilize the egg. The options in this category require you to act responsibly at the time of sexual activity. You can select from the following:

  • Condoms
  • Sponges
  • Diaphragms

For most Plantation, Hollywood, and Pembroke Pines, FL, patients, these birth control strategies are combined with other strategies. They aren’t as effective as many other options, and just one mistake could lead to pregnancy.

What About the IUD?

Intrauterine devices, or IUDs, are one of the most effective contraceptives available today. A small device shaped like a T is inserted into the uterus. That requires an in-office procedure conducted by an experienced obstetrician. The device contains a hormone or natural spermicide like copper, which prevents egg fertilization.

IUDs can remain in place for up to a decade. They’re easily removed in the office by your obstetrician. That makes this one of the most convenient and flexible contraception options.

Is Sterilization Considered Birth Control?

Sterilization or getting “fixed” is an option for preventing pregnancy. If you’re ready to discuss this option or other forms of birth control available in Plantation, Hollywood, and Pembroke Pines, FL, call Premiere OBGYN at (954) 961-9993 or (954) 791-2810.

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