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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:
 
 

Abstinence

 
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.
 
 

Condoms

 
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.