Understanding Birth Control
What is the best option for me?
Birth control is a topic that has been discussed for decades, and it remains an important part of women's health. There are many reasons why women might choose to use birth control, including to prevent unintended pregnancy, regulate their menstrual cycles, or manage conditions like acne or endometriosis. In this blog post, we will explore the different types of birth control available and their benefits.
1. Hormonal Birth Control
Hormonal birth control is one of the most popular types of birth control for women. It works by using synthetic hormones to prevent ovulation, which in turn prevents pregnancy. There are several different types of hormonal birth control, including birth control pills, patches, rings, and injections. Birth control pills are one of the most common forms of hormonal birth control. They are taken orally and must be taken at the same time every day to be effective. Birth control patches and rings are similar to pills but are placed on the skin or inside the vagina, respectively. Hormonal injections are given by a healthcare provider every few months. Hormonal birth control can have many benefits, including regulating menstrual cycles, reducing menstrual cramps and bleeding, and improving acne. Although hormonal birth control may have side effects, such as nausea and weight gain, various formula options allow each patient to find the best option without the side effects!
2. Barrier Methods
Barrier methods of birth control work by creating a physical barrier between the sperm and the egg. The most common types of barrier methods are condoms and diaphragms. Condoms are a type of male birth control that are placed over the penis before intercourse. They can also help protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Diaphragms are a type of female birth control that are placed inside the vagina before intercourse. Barrier methods of birth control are easy to use and have no hormonal side effects. However, they can be less effective than other forms of birth control and must be used consistently and correctly to be effective.
3. Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC)
Long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) is a type of birth control that is highly effective and requires very little maintenance. LARC methods include intrauterine devices (IUDs) and hormonal implants. IUDs are small, T-shaped devices that are inserted into the uterus by a healthcare provider. There are two types of IUDs: hormonal and non-hormonal. Hormonal IUDs release synthetic hormones to prevent pregnancy, while non-hormonal IUDs use copper to prevent pregnancy. Hormonal implants are small, flexible rods that are inserted under the skin of the arm. They release synthetic hormones to prevent pregnancy for up to three years. LARC methods are highly effective and do not require daily maintenance. However, they can be more expensive and require a healthcare provider to insert and remove them.
4. Natural Family Planning
Natural family planning is a method of birth control that involves tracking ovulation and abstaining from intercourse during fertile periods. This method can be effective, but requires careful tracking and communication between partners.
Sterilization is a permanent form of birth control that involves surgically blocking or removing the fallopian tubes or vas deferens. This method is highly effective, but should only be considered if a person is certain they do not want to have children in the future.
There are many types of birth control available for women, each with their own benefits and drawbacks. Hormonal birth control can help regulate menstrual cycles and improve acne, but can have side effects. Barrier methods of birth control are easy to use but can be less effective. LARC methods are highly effective and require little maintenance but can be more expensive. It is important for women to discuss their birth control options with a healthcare provider to determine the best method for their individual needs. Ultimately, the best birth control option will depend on individual needs and preferences. Factors to consider include effectiveness, side effects, convenience, and cost in addition to your personal health history and preferences. It is important for women to discuss their birth control options with a healthcare provider to determine the best method for their individual needs.
Women’s Health and Wellness Clinic can help you find which form of birth control would be best for you. With options including IUD’s and Nexplanon implants, Birth control is one of many specialties in our practice. Ashley Warner, WHNP is accepting new patients and committed to providing excellent care offering hours Monday through Wednesday to accommodate your needs. For more information about Women’s Health and Wellness Clinic, visit our website or call us at (541) 690-1215.