Women's Health Texas – Austin


Our OBGYNs can help you explore your birth control options

It doesn’t matter whether you’re going on birth control for the first time or simply switching methods. Reviewing your birth control options to select the right one can seem overwhelming. However, it doesn’t have to be when you have a guide. You can turn to the OBGYNs at Women’s Health Texas to help you explore your options and review birth control considerations.

What are your birth control options?

The world of birth control is large and ever-expanding. It includes everything from condoms to tubal ligation, also known as “getting your tubes tied.” Our OBGYNs have compiled a list of the different types of birth control.

  • Fertility awareness methods involve tracking your basal body temperature and cervical mucus to avoid having sex on the days when you’re most fertile.
  • Barrier methods include condoms, the diaphragm, the cervical cap and the contraceptive sponge.
  • Short-acting hormonal methods include birth control pills, the vaginal ring, the skin patch and contraceptive injections.
  • Long-acting hormonal methods include the copper IUD, the hormonal IUD and the contraceptive implant.
  • Sterilization is available for women (tubal ligation) and men (vasectomy).

You can also use emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or birth control failure. One of the most common examples is the Plan B morning-after pill.

Before you select an option, you need to know about birth control considerations

Our OBGYNs want to help you review your birth control options to select the best one for your lifestyle and goals. The following birth control considerations can help you pick the right method for you.

How does the method work? Birth control methods vary. For example, some prevent the sperm from reaching the egg. Others may keep your body from releasing an egg at all.

How effective is the option? IUDs and sterilization are typically the most effective. In contrast, fertility awareness methods tend to be the least effective. However, for maximum effectiveness, you must use any form of contraception consistently and correctly.

Is the method reversible? If you want to have children in the near future, you may want to use a method that you can easily stop, such as the birth control pill. If you don’t want children in the future, a permanent method like tubal ligation might be better.

Is it convenient and affordable? You want to make sure that you can afford your birth control and that it’s convenient. Otherwise, you’ll be less likely to use it.

What are the side effects? Does the method have other benefits? Like most medications, birth control can have side effects. Be sure to ask your doctor about the side effects of the birth control options you’re considering. You should also ask if those methods have any benefits like lighter and more regular periods.

Reach out to Women’s Health Texas to learn more

Selecting a form of birth control is a highly personal decision, and our OBGYNs are experts at helping women navigate these types of decisions. Contact us to schedule an appointment and learn more about birth control considerations and methods