If you don’t want to get pregnant ever again or if you just want to prevent a pregnancy from happening until you’re ready, Lynette D. Stewart, MD, Wanda I. Cape, CNM, MPH, and the team at Georgia Center for Female Health in Peachtree Corners and Decatur, Georgia, can help you find the best form of birth control for your situation. To review all of your birth control options with in-depth information, call Georgia Center for Female Health, or book an appointment online today.
Birth control means pregnancy prevention. If you don’t want to get pregnant at all or just aren’t ready, you should find a method of birth control that works for you. At Georgia Center for Female Health, the team provides several different birth control options for sexually active women. They help you choose the best method based on your preferences, your level of sexual activity, and whether or not you plan on getting pregnant in the future.
Some forms of birth control are easy to get at any drug store, like condoms and spermicide. If you want something more reliable, but want the possibility of getting pregnant someday, the team might encourage you to choose one of these reversible modes of birth control:
Birth control pills contain hormones that you must take daily and are highly effective if you take them on time every day. They stop ovulation from happening, meaning you don’t release an egg to be fertilized.
Intrauterine devices are low maintenance forms of birth control. Your provider places an IUD in your uterus where it stays and prevents pregnancy with hormones or copper for 3-12 years, depending on the type you get.
Implants are inserted beneath the skin on your arm where they release pregnancy-preventing hormones for up to five years.
Birth control shots, also called depo shots, are hormone injections that you must get once every three months to prevent pregnancy.
If you’re finished having children, the team at Georgia Center for Female Health offers one of the safest available options for permanent birth control. Essure® requires a simple nonsurgical procedure that happens directly in the office.
Through your vagina, your provider can access your Fallopian tubes. They run from your ovaries to your uterus. During the Essure procedure, your provider places one small insert in each of your Fallopian tubes. The insert expands to close off the Fallopian tube and stimulates your body’s natural healing response. Over the course of three months, your body naturally closes off its Fallopian tubes.
Three months after Essure’s insertion, the team at Georgia Center for Female Health performs a test to make sure your tubes are completely closed. In trials, Essure had a 100% success rate in preventing pregnancies.
It’s important to note that birth control methods like the pill, IUDs, and even Essure cannot prevent STDs. The best way to significantly lower your chances of getting or spreading an STD through sexual contact is to use a condom in addition to your long-term or permanent birth control method. Condoms also offer additional protection against pregnancy.
To review your options for nonpermanent and permanent birth control, call Georgia Center for Female Health, or book an appointment online today.