So many options for birth control are available that it can be hard to decide which is best for your needs. At the practice of Dr. Jose F. De Leon, M.D., P.A., OB/GYNs Dr. De Leon and Dr. Phuong Nguyen-Luu can help you make an informed, careful decision about the best method to support your family goals and health. Call one of the offices in Dallas or Irving, Texas, to make an appointment or use the convenient online booking tool.
The birth control method you choose should be right for your health, easy for you to use, and help you meet your family planning goals. Some questions to ask yourself when weighing your options include:
Also, consider any potential side effects of the method you choose. Every woman has different birth control needs and a body that reacts differently to each method. Use the type that works best for you, not the one that works best for friends and acquaintances.
Birth control methods fall into several major categories. These include:
Barrier method: These prevent the man’s sperm from reaching an egg. These include male and female condoms, the cervical cap, and the diaphragm.
Intrauterine devices: IUDs are T-shaped devices that fit within your uterus and interfere with fertilization by either releasing copper or hormones. IUDs protect you from pregnancy for 5-10 years but are easily reversed by removing the device.
Permanent birth control: Sterilization procedures include hysterectomy, tubal ligation, and – for men – vasectomy. You should be certain you don’t want children in the future before having these procedures performed.
Hormonal birth control: The pill and vaginal ring are examples of this method of birth control that release hormones to disrupt the natural ovulation cycle. Hormonal birth control is sometimes prescribed to treat abnormal bleeding.
A birth control method is most effective when you use it consistently and correctly. Sterilization, IUDs, and hormonal implants, such as Nexplanon, require minimal effort and are about 99% effective. Barrier methods are about 80% effective, as long as they’re inserted or applied properly and don’t fail. Birth control pills are 91% effective when taken as prescribed.
The only method of birth control that offers some protection against sexually transmitted diseases are male and female condoms. So if this is a necessary precaution for you, use these methods even if you’re using another form of birth control.
For more information about birth control, call one of the offices of Dr. Jose F. De Leon, M.D., P.A., or book an appointment online.