Choosing the right contraception eases your anxiety about pregnancy prevention. At Aurora OB/GYN in San Antonio, Texas, Karen Allsup, FACOG, MD, offers several kinds of contraception. Your OB/GYN works with you to identify the best form of contraception for your health, lifestyle, and family planning goals. Call Aurora OB/GYN today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about contraception.
Contraception, more commonly called birth control, prevents pregnancy. While there are many different types of contraception, finding the right method for you can be a challenge. The Aurora OB/GYN providers work with you to choose a method that fits into your lifestyle, health history, and family planning goals.
The most common kinds of contraception are:
Birth control pills, also called oral contraceptives, contain hormones that prevent ovulation — when one of your ovaries releases an egg. Hormonal birth control pills also thicken the cervical mucus to stop the sperm and egg from joining. If you choose oral contraceptives, you must take a pill daily.
Vaginal rings are thin, flexible, circular tubes that work the same way as birth control pills. You insert the ring into your vagina once a month to prevent pregnancy.
The birth control shot contains the hormone progesterone, which stops the sperm from reaching the egg and thickens your cervical mucus. You return to Aurora OB/GYN once every 12 weeks for your shot.
The birth control implant is a small device that your provider places beneath the skin in your upper arm. Most types prevent pregnancy for up to three years.
IUDs are thin, T-shaped devices that your provider inserts into your uterus through your vagina. You can choose between a hormonal IUD, which releases the hormone progestin, or a nonhormonal IUD, which contains copper to prevent pregnancy. IUDs are long-term forms of birth control that can last five to 10 years.
Women who are sexually active and want to prevent pregnancy are candidates for contraception. With various kinds to choose from, your provider at Aurora OB/GYN can help you select the right form of birth control for you.
Contraception can promote shorter, lighter periods while preventing pregnancy and giving you control over your family planning goals. Some birth control methods, especially oral contraception, can even reduce premenstrual cramps, acne, and other common symptoms of menstruation.
Call Aurora OB/GYN today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about contraception.