If you’ve been using the same method of birth control for many years, it might be time to take a closer look at today’s options. At Women's Health Services in Arlington, Texas, you have access to a wide variety of birth control methods. There is an approach to suit every set of needs and family planning goals, so book an appointment today to get started. Online scheduling is available, or you’re always welcome to call or stop by the office nearest you to check availability.
There are numerous choices when it comes to birth control. One way to group the options is based on how they prevent pregnancy.
Barrier options prevent pregnancy by placing a physical barrier between sperm and eggs. Examples include:
Incorporating spermicide with any of these methods adds an additional layer of protection.
Hormonal options prevent pregnancy by altering your hormonal balance in a way that is inhospitable for fertilization. Examples include:
Some options work by preventing ovulation; others thicken your cervical mucus to make it more difficult for sperm to reach your egg.
If you travel frequently, work an unusual schedule, or feel like you’d struggle to take a daily pill or remember to change a patch, a long-term birth control option might be the best fit for your needs. The birth control implant is among the longest lasting options and provides protection for as long as five years. It requires a brief insertion procedure and then remains in place just under the skin on the inside of your upper arm.
DepoProveraⓇ is another low maintenance option. You come in for an injection once every three months, but there’s no need to take any other measures in between shots.
An intrauterine device, or IUD, is a small device your doctor places inside your uterus. One version releases a small dose of daily hormones, while another is made of copper and creates an environment that isn’t conducive to fertilization. An IUD can last from 3-12 years.
Also known as fertility awareness, the rhythm method relies on tracking your menstrual cycle to predict which days you are most fertile and avoiding sex on those days. This is an ineffective way to prevent pregnancy.
The only time fertility awareness should be used is in cases where both you and your partner would welcome an unplanned pregnancy. Otherwise, a different form of birth control is a better solution.
To discuss these birth control options in greater detail, schedule an appointment at Women’s Health Services today. Online booking is available, or you can always call to set up your visit.