You have many choices when it comes to birth control and preventing pregnancy. Whether you prefer hormonal contraceptives, intrauterine devices, or another form of birth control, a broad range of options are available. The compassionate providers at Women’s Medical Center in Dothan, AL, can recommend a birth control method that meets your needs and preferences.
Types of Contraception
Several different types of contraception are available today. The right one can differ for each woman. The knowledgeable doctors at our practice in Dothan, AL, can explain your birth control options and help you select the right one for you. Types of contraception include:
- Barrier Devices
- Intrauterine Devices
- Hormonal Contraceptives
- Fertility Awareness methods
- Sterilization (tubal ligation)
Barrier methods of birth control include condoms, diaphragms, sponges, and cervical caps. These devices help prevent pregnancy by stopping sperm from reaching the egg and fertilizing it. Intrauterine devices, also called IUDs, contain copper or a hormone such as progestin and prevent pregnancy either by preventing sperm from fertilizing the egg or interfering with a fertilized egg’s ability to implant in the uterus.
Hormonal contraceptives include birth control pills, injections, implants, skin patches, and vaginal rings. These methods all contain hormones, such as estrogen or progestin. Birth control pills, or oral contraceptives, are a popular contraceptive choice that has the benefit of helping regulate the menstrual cycle. For some women, birth control pills also help ease menstrual cramps.
Injections, such as Depo-Provera, are another popular hormonal contraceptive option. Injections are administered every few months by your healthcare provider. This is a practical option for women who are concerned about remembering to take a birth control pill every day. Additionally, while birth control pills often contain estrogen, many hormonal injections only contain progestin. This is beneficial to women who need to avoid contraceptives containing estrogen, such as women with a history of certain cancers.
Fertility awareness involves tracking your natural fertility and menstrual cycles to identify when you ovulate and are most likely to become pregnant. There are different strategies to help you track your cycles. Our experienced doctors can explain the fertility awareness method and help you understand how to use natural family planning strategies.
There are many contraceptive choices for preventing pregnancy, but some options might not be right for every woman. Schedule an appointment with one of our providers for help selecting the right form of birth control by calling Women’s Medical Center in Dothan, AL, at (334) 793-3900.