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.
When you’re considering birth control, effectiveness is important, but so are other factors. This includes:
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.
Dozens of types of birth control are available. They fall into several major categories, namely:
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.
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.
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.