If you’re not ready to have a baby and you’re sexually active, you need to know your birth control options. Steven R. MacDonald, MD, is an OB/GYN and women’s health expert in Plano, Texas, who can review all your birth control choices and help you determine which one makes the most sense for you. Call the office or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.
Birth control includes any method you use to prevent pregnancy. While you have many options to choose from, some methods work better than others. When coming in to see Dr. MacDonald for assistance with birth control, he can help you determine the method best for you based on your current health, future pregnancy plans, and sexual activity.
The types of birth control options vary. While not all birth control choices require a visit to Dr. MacDonald, he can still help you determine which one works best for you.
Birth control types include:
Also known as getting your tubes tied, sterilization is a procedure that prevents any future pregnancy. It’s the most effective type of birth control but may not be appropriate for all women.
LARCs are medical devices that prevent pregnancy by either affecting ovulation, stopping sperm from getting to your egg, or preventing an egg from implanting into your uterus. Intrauterine devices (IUDs) and hormonal implants are examples of LARCs.
Hormonal methods of birth control alter ovulation to prevent pregnancy. Birth control pills, patches, and shots are examples of hormonal methods of birth control.
Barrier methods of birth control, such as condoms or diaphragms, block sperm from reaching the egg to prevent pregnancy.
Yes. Birth control pills, patches, and shots are safe options to help prevent pregnancy. However, if you’re a smoker, you may want to talk to Dr. MacDonald about other birth control options due to your increased risk of high blood pressure and blood clots with hormonal methods of birth control.
In addition to preventing pregnancy, these types of birth control may also be recommended to help you manage various gynecological conditions such as endometriosis or heavy menstrual blood flow.
An IUD is a medical device Dr. MacDonald inserts in your cervix to prevent pregnancy. It prevents sperm from getting to your egg. Once implanted, an IUD may prevent pregnancy from three to 12 years and is one of the most effective methods of birth control.
To learn more about the different types of birth control, call Dr. MacDonald’s office or schedule a consultation using the online booking tool today.