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By Women's Medical Center
May 27, 2021
Category: OBGYN
Tags: Birth Control  

The right birth control method can differ from one woman to the next. Fortunately, there are many contraceptive options available for meeting a wide range of individual needs and preferences. The experienced OB/GYN providers at Women's Medical Center in Dothan, AL, can recommend a birth control method that is right for you.

Hormonal Contraceptives

Hormonal contraceptives are a popular form of birth control and include birth control pills, injections, implants, skin patches, and vaginal rings. These birth control methods contain synthetic hormones, such as estrogen or progestin, that prevent pregnancy by inhibiting ovulation.

Each type of hormonal contraceptive is administered a bit differently. For example, birth control pills are taken orally every day. Hormonal injections must be administered by a health care provider every few months. Skin patches are worn on the skin and are replaced every week for three weeks, with one week off for menstruation.

We offer several types of hormonal contraceptives for birth control at our office in Dothan, AL. Our skilled providers can help you select the right method for you.

Intrauterine Devices

Intrauterine devices are commonly referred to as IUDs. They are placed inside the uterus and prevent pregnancy in two different ways. Some IUDs inhibit sperm from fertilizing the egg, while others interfere with a fertilized egg’s ability to implant in the uterus. An IUD can last anywhere from 3-6 years before it is no longer effective at preventing pregnancy. A benefit of this method is that there is no daily pill or periodic injection to remember. However, intrauterine devices do not prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

Other Birth Control Methods

Other birth control options include barrier devices, fertility awareness, and tubal ligation. Barrier devices prevent sperm from reaching and fertilizing the egg. Types of barrier devices include diaphragms, sponges, cervical caps, and condoms. In addition to preventing pregnancy, condoms also help prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

Fertility awareness is a natural family planning strategy that involves tracking the menstrual cycle. The purpose is to identify when you are ovulating and, therefore, most likely to become pregnant. Tubal ligation is commonly referred to as “getting your tubes tied” and is a form of medical sterilization. This option is for women who are certain they do not want to become pregnant in the future.

There is a birth control method that is right for you and we can help you find it. Schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable doctors to discuss your options for birth control by calling Women's Medical Center in Dothan, AL, at (334) 793-3900.

By Women's Medical Center
March 27, 2020
Category: OBGYN
Tags: Birth Control  

From pills to IUDs to condoms, you have a multitude of options when it comes to contraception, allowing you to find one that fits your lifestyle. Of course, if you are having a difficult time selecting a birth control method, you can come in for a consultation here at the Women’s Medical Center in Dothan, AL, so one of our gynecologists can help you out.

Barrier Methods for Birth Control

Basically, these act as barriers to prevent sperm from coming in contact with an egg. These don’t require a prescription and are available in your local pharmacy. Condoms for males are very cheap, dependable, and are effective against STDs or sexually transmitted diseases. Condoms for females are thin, plastic, flexible tubes that are inserted into the vagina to create a barrier for sperm. They likewise help keep STDs away. Take note though that these barrier methods are the only contraception devices that prevent pregnancy and safeguard against STDs.

You can also opt for a sponge, which is a tiny piece of foam that’s placed inside the vagina and treated with spermicide. Some barrier methods such as a diaphragm, cervical shield, and cervical cap are only available via prescription.

Hormonal Birth Control Options

These include prescription BCPs (birth control pills), implants, stick-ons, shots, and vaginal rings. Essentially, these methods utilize hormones, like the ones produced by the body, to prevent the egg’s release and fertilization.

Intrauterine Devices or IUDs

These are tiny, plastic devices that are inserted into the uterus by a doctor. They protect against pregnancy for several years. Some use hormones, while some use copper for killing sperm. Ask your gynecologist in Dothan, AL, for the best IUD type for you.

Permanent Methods for Birth Control

If you’re absolutely certain that you don’t want to ever get pregnant in the future, you can opt for permanent birth control. Tubal ligation, which entails closing off the fallopian tubes to prevent eggs from reaching your ovaries, is for women. Vasectomy, in which a permanent obstruction in the tube that enables sperm to reach the semen is introduced, is the permanent contraception method for men.

Ready to Take Birth Control Seriously? We’d Love to Help.

Arrange a consultation with one of our gynecologists here at the Women’s Medical Center in Dothan, AL, by dialing (334) 793-3900.

By Women's Medical Center
February 05, 2018
Category: OBGYN
Tags: Birth Control  

Find out the best birth control option that’s right for you and your needs.birth control

Choosing the right birth control is a serious decision and one only you can make. Of course, you may not know about the various types of birth control out there. Our Dothan, AL, OBGYNs want you to be able to make an educated and informed decision regarding your sexual health.

Here are the overarching birth control options available to you:

  • Non-hormonal birth control
  • Hormonal birth control
  • Implant/intrauterine device

Non-Hormonal Birth Control

While abstinence is the only way to prevent pregnancy and STDs, if you are sexually active you’ll want to consider the best birth control for you. Of course, when many women think about birth control they often think about hormonal options like the contraceptive pill, patch, or injection. While this certainly works for countless women it isn’t the only available option.

Non-hormonal birth control includes condoms and barrier methods (such as sponges, diaphragms and cervical caps). These methods are usually found over-the-counter at your local drugstore. It’s important that you follow the directions exactly as it reads on the packaging to prevent pregnancy.

We know that non-hormonal birth control can be a great option for those who experience unpleasant side effects from hormonal birth control options. Before deciding on a non-hormonal birth control method you may want to consult one of our Dothan, AL, gynecologists to make sure it’s right for you.

Hormonal Birth Control

This is the most common type of birth control used by women. Oral contraception is a great way to prevent pregnancy as long as you take your pill at the same time every day. There are a myriad of different kinds of oral contraceptives out there so it’s a good idea to talk to us to find out which one will meet your personal needs. Hormonal birth control also comes in the form of a patch, vaginal ring, or injection.

Implant/Intrauterine Device

Commonly referred to IUDs, these small birth control devices are implanted into the uterus to provide long-term birth control (for up to 12 years). There are different kinds of IUDs out there; some are hormonal while others, like the copper ring, are not. Plus, the device can easily be removed at any time if you decide you want to get pregnant.

Women’s Medical Center is proud to provide comprehensive women’s health services to the Dothan, AL, area. Whether you want to chat about birth control options or you are looking for prenatal care, we are here for you and your health.

By Women's Medical Center
July 19, 2016
Category: OBGYN
Tags: Birth Control  

Taking charge of your reproductive health involves making decisions about birth control, but which option is best for you? The methods your friends prefer aren't automatically the best choice for you. Your Dothan, AL, doctors at Women's Medical Center are here to share information about birth control that can help you make your decision.IUD

How to evaluate birth control options?

Before you choose a birth control method, consider these factors:

  • Effectiveness: Methods that are highly effective will increase your confidence in the birth control option.
  • Duration: Some birth control methods, such as condoms, can only be used once, while contraceptive injections can prevent pregnancy for three months.
  • Ease of Use: If the method is easy to use, you may be more likely to use it consistently.
  • Health Concerns: Some birth control methods aren't recommended if you have certain health problems. For example, your doctor may not prescribe oral contraceptives if you have a history of stroke or blood clots.
  • Reversibility: How soon after you stop using the method can you become fertile again?
  • Religious Beliefs: Some types of birth control may not be compatible with your beliefs.

What types of birth control are available?

Common types of birth control include:

  • Barrier Methods: Barrier methods include diaphragms, condoms, contraceptive sponges and cervical caps. They work by physically preventing sperm from entering your uterus.
  • Hormonal Methods: Hormonal methods stop the release of eggs from your ovaries. Birth control pills, patches, rings, shots and implants are popular hormonal methods. Some intrauterine devices (IUDs) contain hormones while others do not.
  • Natural Family Planning: Also called "the rhythm method," this form of birth control involves avoiding sex on the days when you are fertile. Because ovulation can vary from month to month, it's not as effective as other birth control methods.
  • Sterilization: Sterilization is the only way to permanently prevent pregnancy. During the sterilization procedure, your doctor ties off your fallopian tubes, which prevents eggs from reaching your uterus.

Contact your Dothan doctor about birth control

Are you interested in learning more about your birth control in Dothan, AL? Call the doctors at Women's Medical Center, at (334) 793-3900 to schedule an appointment.

By Women's Medical Center
October 23, 2014
Category: Gynecology
Tags: Birth Control  
abstinence When it comes to birth control, it is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Rather, it is very individualized. While one option might work for one woman, it may not be the best choice for another. By understanding your birth control options in Dothan, you can successfully choose the best birth control for your individual needs. Let’s take a look at a few birth control options currently available:


This first option is dependent on personal reasons—from preventing pregnancy to waiting for marriage. Abstinence means not having vaginal intercourse in order to prevent pregnancy, as well as preventing an STD. If practiced continuously, abstinence is 100% effective in preventing pregnancy and STDs.
Staying abstinent is a choice you need to make daily. Here are some ways to help you make that choice:
  • Remind yourself why you chose to be abstinent
  • Think about the consequences
  • Don’t reevaluate your decision to stay abstinent during sexually charged situations
Abstinence is difficult for people, but by being clear about your reasons will help you remain abstinent.

Birth Control Pills

The availability of birth control pills allows you to take a pill everyday to prevent pregnancy. This form of birth control is safe, effective and convenient. By visiting your gynecologist for your yearly checkup and testing, you can get a prescription for birth control, which can cost anywhere from $0-$50 a month.
Combination birth control pills work best when taken every day—don’t skip a day. Progestin-only pills much be taken at the same time every day to keep the correct level of hormone in a woman’s body. By always taking the pill every day, less than 1 out of 100 women will get pregnant each year. However, about 9 out of 100 women will get pregnant each year if they do not always take the pill each day as directed.
Schedule an appointment in Dothan with our gynecologists at Women’s Medical Center to learn more about birth control pills and to see if this is the best option for you.


There are currently two types of condoms available: latex condoms and female condoms. Which condom you choose depends on you and your partner’s preference. Condoms are worn on the penis during intercourse and are made of thin latex or plastic that has been molded into the shape of a penis.
As with all birth control options, condoms are more effective when used correctly. You can make condoms more effective if you use spermicide with them and if you pull out before ejaculation. Condoms are available in drugstores, Planned Parenthood health centers, and from your gynecologist, along with other places.
While there are many other birth control options available, it is important to visit your Dothan gynecologists at Women’s Medical Clinic for more information and a yearly screening.