Safe & Effective Contraception Options
Turn to the understanding medical team at East Cooper OB/GYN for access to contraception. Through contraceptive counseling, we provide you with the information you need to choose the right birth control for your lifestyle and reproductive goals. We hope you feel empowered by the options you have at controlling your fertility.
Contraception, or birth control, prevents pregnancy. It achieves this by inhibiting the reproductive process that causes pregnancy during intercourse. The stages where interference can occur include:
- Ovulation – When eggs are released from the ovaries.
- Fertilization – When the sperm meets the egg.
- Implantation – When a fertilized egg adheres to the uterus.
There are Various Forms of Contraception
From the introduction of the birth control pill in the 1950s, we have come a long way in both the availability and the reliability of contraception. Today, birth control options that work to prevent ovulation and/or fertilization include:
- Pill – There are many different birth control pills available. It is important to take your pill on time every day. We provide you with tips to stay on track.
- Depo Shot – This is an injection that contains progestin which works to prevent ovulation. You receive this every 3 months.
- Vaginal Ring –A small, flexible ring is placed in your vagina and releases hormones to prevent fertilization. It must be replaced once a month.
- Patch – You place the patch on your skin so that your body absorbs the hormones estrogen and progestin.
- Implant – A thin rod is inserted into your upper arm and releases hormones to prevent ovulation and fertilization. Once inserted, it lasts up to 5 years.
- Intrauterine Device (IUD) – There are two types of IUDs, copper and hormonal. Once inserted into your uterus through your cervix, an IUD lasts for years but can be removed at any time if you want to get pregnant.
Contraception Does More than Prevent Pregnancy
Additionally, birth control can do more than help avoid unintended pregnancy. It can also be used as an effective treatment for menstrual disorders and endometriosis. For example, hormonal contraceptives regulate periods and make them lighter and shorter. In some cases, birth control can help ease symptoms that accompany menstrual disorders such as headaches, acne, and painful cramps. When used faithfully, condoms can prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). It is recommended to continue using the condoms in tandem with other forms of birth control, such as the pill, for this reason.
Schedule Your Appointment
Learning about your birth control options is the first step to choosing the right form for you. Contact our office to schedule an appointment. We are committed to providing a friendly and welcoming environment