Which Type of Birth Control is Right for You?

June 29, 2020
When it comes to planning your family, the right birth control can ensure you make the best choices for you and your health.

At Monroe OBGYN, Martin Pakideh, DO, and Soudabeh Ahadi, MD, understand that choosing the right birth control is a highly personalized experience. They work with you to determine the best birth control options based on your health and your expectations for your future family.

Available birth control options

Monroe OBGYN offers a comprehensive list of birth control options to help you create the family you want and prevent unwanted pregnancies.

Options for birth control include:

  • Condoms
  • Sponges
  • Cervical caps
  • Vaginal rings
  • Intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Birth control pills, patches, implants, and injections

The right birth control method for you depends on your specific health needs. Dr. Pakideh and Dr. Ahadi take the time to review your personal and family medical history, your existing health, and your family plans.

How birth control works

The different types of birth control methods work in several ways to prevent pregnancy.

Barrier methods

Many people benefit from barrier methods like condoms, sponges, and cervical caps to prevent egg and sperm from meeting. These options may be not as convenient as other methods, as you need to apply them prior to intercourse.

Condoms also offer the added protection against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Hormonal methods

Birth control pills, patches, implants, and injections work on a biologic level, regulating your menstruation and ovulation cycle to prevent an unintended pregnancy.

You must remember to take oral pills daily and apply a new patch each month. The team offers in-office birth control injections every few months, so you’ll need to schedule routine visits.

Long-lasting methods

If you’re looking for a birth control method that requires no advanced considerations, you may be a candidate for an IUD. There are hormonal IUDs available as well as non-hormonal versions if you’re not able to tolerate hormones.

Evaluating your plans for the future

If you use barrier methods for birth control, you can typically plan for a pregnancy at any time. When you’re ready to start a family, you can stop using condoms, sponges, and other devices.

When relying on hormonal birth control, it may take longer for some people to become pregnant after stopping the use of the medications when compared to the barrier method.

If you’re not interested in becoming pregnant for several years, you may benefit from an IUD. Before you wish to become pregnant, the Monroe OBGYN providers must remove the device.

Unique options for unique women

Dr. Ahadi and Dr. Pakideh offer customized solutions for birth control that meet your unique needs and plans for a family. You can find out more about the different types of birth control during a one-on-one consultation with your provider.

At your routine check-ups and pelvic exam, the Monroe OBGYN team ensures your birth control is working well and convenient for your lifestyle. If you’re already on a birth control plan but are interested in switching to a different therapy, the providers can also help you make the transition.

To find out more about which birth control is a good fit for you, schedule an appointment by calling Monroe OBGYN or by requesting an appointment online today.

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