Birth control allows you to plan your family. But with so many options, you may wonder what type of birth control makes the best choice for you. At CornerstoneMD in Dallas, board-certified OB/GYN Carolyn Riley, MD, and her team can help you navigate through all your choices and determine the type of birth control that makes the best option for you. For a birth control consultation with a kind and caring team if you live in North Texas, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.
Birth control is a general term used to describe the various methods used to prevent pregnancy. The methods range from surgical procedures to oral medications and condoms.
While you have many choices, some methods of birth control work better than others. On your own, it may be difficult to determine the best method for you. Dr. Riley and her team at CornerstoneMD specialize in women’s health and can help you decide which type of birth control fits your family planning needs.
You have many choices when it comes to preventing pregnancy. The most popular birth control options include:
Birth control pills are oral contraceptives you take every day. These pills contain hormones, usually estrogen and/or progestin, that work by stopping you from ovulating.
In addition to preventing pregnancy, birth control pills are also used to regulate menstruation and may help reduce bleeding and cramping.
Birth control injections include medications such as Depo-Provera®. The injection contains the hormone progestin, which works like birth control pills and stops you from ovulating. Dr. Riley provides the injection, which is given once every three months, at the office.
You may prefer injections over birth control pills because they’re more convenient and something you won’t forget to take.
IUDs are a very popular form of birth control and one of the most effective. IUDs prevent pregnancy by stopping the sperm from reaching your egg for fertilization. There are two types of IUDs: hormonal IUDs that contain progestin and nonhormonal IUDs that are made of copper.
Dr. Riley inserts the IUD into your cervix. Once in place, it can prevent pregnancy for up to five years.
These methods of birth control may stop pregnancy, but they don’t protect against sexually transmitted diseases. Dr. Riley can talk to you about your options for protection against STDs.
Dr. Riley can help you determine the type of birth control that best suits your needs during your consultation. She reviews the benefits and disadvantages of your options and can help you decide on a birth control method based on your medical and sexual history and future pregnancy plans.
For a birth control consultation, call CornerstoneMD or book an appointment online today.