When it comes to family planning and preventing unwanted pregnancy, women have many birth control options. However, some forms of birth control work better than others. To discuss birth control and get help deciding what method is best for you, contact the team at Philadelphia Women's Health & Wellness in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by phone or online today.
What is birth control?
Birth control, also called contraception, includes any medication, device, or method you use to prevent pregnancy. When it comes to birth control, you have many options to choose from. However, the type of birth control best suited for you may depend on your future pregnancy plans and gynecological needs.
What are some types of birth control?
There are many types of birth control. Some of the most common include:
Tubal ligation, also called having your tubes tied, is a surgical procedure that cuts or blocks your fallopian tubes to prevent fertilization of your egg. It’s a permanent form of birth control and only recommended if you have no future pregnancy plans.
Tubal ligation is a very effective form of birth control.
Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs)
LARCs are birth control devices that prevent pregnancy for 3-10 years depending on the type. These birth control devices include the birth control implant and intrauterine devices (IUDs).
They work by stopping ovulation or preventing sperm from reaching the egg for fertilization. LARCs are as effective at preventing pregnancy as tubal ligation, but reversible.
Popular long-term birth control options include the following: Paragard (copper), Mirena (hormonal), and Kyleena (hormonal).
Short-acting hormonal birth control
Short-acting hormonal birth control includes the birth control pill, patch, and shot. These methods of birth control prevent pregnancy by stopping ovulation.
In addition to preventing pregnancy, these types of birth control are also used to help manage gynecological conditions like abnormal bleeding or endometriosis.
Though short-acting hormonal birth control offers many benefits, it’s not as effective at preventing pregnancy as LARCs.
Barrier methods include the diaphragm, cervical cap, and condoms. They stop pregnancy by preventing sperm from reaching your egg.
In addition to preventing pregnancy, condoms may also offer protection against STDs.
What can I expect during a birth control consultation?
You can expect a comprehensive evaluation when you come in for a birth control consultation at Philadelphia Women's Health & Wellness. To help you determine the best method of birth control for you, the team asks detailed questions about your sexual and gynecological history, as well as your future pregnancy plans.
They may also conduct a physical and pelvic exam and perform an STD test. Together, you determine the type of birth control that best meets your health needs.
To schedule your birth control consultation, call Philadelphia Women's Health & Wellness or book online today.