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Birth Control

Platinum Women's Health

OBGYNs located in Murrieta, CA & Temecula, CA

No single birth control is right for every woman. James D. Neal, MD, and Florence Villa Quinata, MD, of Platinum Women’s Health can share with you the pros and cons of different birth control options so you can find the one that’s right for you. Call one of the locations in Murrieta or Temecula, California, or book an appointment online to learn more about your birth control options.

Birth Control Q & A

What questions should I ask when deciding on birth control?

When you’re considering birth control, effectiveness is important, but so are other factors. This includes:

  • The convenience of each method
  • How sexually active you are
  • Any medical conditions you have
  • Side effects of each method
  • If and when you want a family

You’ll also want to consider if the type of birth control you choose is reversible and comfortable for your partner. You may also want a birth control method that helps keep you protected from sexually transmitted diseases, too.

What are the types of birth control?

Dozens of types of birth control are available. They fall into several major categories, namely:

  • Barrier devices, such as condoms and the diaphragm that prevent the sperm and egg from connecting
  • Hormonal methods, such as birth control pills and implants (Nexplanon®) that interrupt ovulation
  • Intrauterine devices (IUDs), such as the copper IUD or hormonal IUD, which alter the lining of your uterus and affect the quality of your cervical mucus
  • Sterilization, such as tubal ligation or vasectomy (for men), that make it impossible for you to get pregnant
  • Natural family planning, such as the rhythm method, which has you monitor your cycle and avoid intercourse on fertile days

The team at Platinum Women’s Health can help you understand these options and how each may work for your family-planning goals and sexual habits.

How can birth control protect against sexually transmitted diseases?

Condoms, both the male and female versions, are the only type that offers some protection against sexually transmitted diseases. Condoms, however, aren’t as effective in preventing pregnancy as many other methods. Your best bet is to combine condom use with a more reliable method of birth control, such as the IUD, to protect your sexual health and prevent pregnancy.

Which birth control is the most effective?

Sterilization, or tubal ligation, is the most effective method of birth control, but it’s not reversible. IUDs and implantable hormonal devices offer 99% effectiveness in preventing pregnancy, and these methods are also reversible. After they’re removed, you can become pregnant almost right away.

Hormonal methods such as the pill and patch are 91% effective in preventing pregnancy, provided that you use them properly. Because they require daily, weekly, or monthly management, these methods may not be convenient for many women. Male condoms are only 85% effective in preventing pregnancy.

For all the information you need about selecting a birth control method, call our office or schedule an appointment online.