If you’re having sex but don’t want to get pregnant, birth control (contraception) is the solution. Board-certified gynecologists Stephanie Carmichael, MD, and Andrea Johnson, MD, offer contraception management at Total Women’s Health & Wellness Center in Decatur and Lithonia, Georgia. To learn about your options for contraception, call the office or book an appointment online today.
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Contraception Q & A
What is contraception management?
Contraception, or birth control, refers to any method, medication, or device that prevents pregnancy. Because there are so many types of birth control available today, the gynecologists at Total Women’s Health & Wellness Center offer contraception management services to help you make an informed decision.
What types of birth control are available?
There are numerous birth control methods to choose from, some of which are more effective or easier to use than others. Some methods of birth control you can consider include:
Male or female sterilization is a permanent form of birth control that requires a surgical procedure, such as tubal ligation. Sterilization is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.
Long-acting reversible contraceptives
Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) are as effective and easy to use as sterilization, but they leave you able to get pregnant once you stop using them.
These methods include intrauterine devices (IUDs) and birth control implants. LARC methods are over 99% effective for 3-10 years, depending on the type. They’re also extremely easy and convenient. Once you get an IUD or implant inserted, you are free to go about your life without having to worry about taking birth control pills.
Short-acting hormonal methods
These methods include the birth control pill, vaginal ring, patch, and shot. The birth control shot is about 94% effective and requires a new shot every three months. The pill, patch, and ring are all about 91% effective at preventing pregnancy and need to be used daily (the pill), weekly (the patch), and monthly (the ring).
How do I know which type of birth control is best for me?
With so many options to choose from, finding the right form of birth control can seem overwhelming. That’s why Dr. Carmichael and Dr. Johnson offer contraception counseling and management.
During your appointment, they perform a physical exam and review your medical history. They’ll ask questions about whether you want to have children in the near or distant future. Then they explain the advantages and disadvantages of different forms of birth control that you might want to consider.
It’s important to remember that most types of birth control don’t protect you from STDs. To prevent STDs, you should use a latex condom every time you have sex.
To learn more about birth control, call Total Women’s Health & Wellness Center or book an appointment online today.