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Shaila Patel MD enjoys providing birth control education to patients

For Shaila Patel MD, one of the joys of practicing obstetrics and gynecology is providing birth control education and counseling. Dr. Patel, a highly skilled and trained Austin OBGYN who has recently joined Women’s Health Texas. She wants patients to know more about contraceptives and how they help women take control of their health, bothersome symptoms and reproductive future.

Counseling patients about birth control is key

Dr. Patel says, “What I love about birth control is that it’s more than just a contraceptive. There are other reasons that we use these medications and devices for women.” Here are some of the conditions that our Austin OBGYN might treat with hormonal contraceptives.

  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Hormonal contraception helps decrease menstrual cramps, lessen heavy bleeding, reduce pelvic pain and regulate menstrual cycles. According to Dr. Patel, specific medications or devices can also help women who have acne or menstrual migraines. Some birth control options can also decrease the risk of endometrial and ovarian cancer.

Women have several contraception options

Dr. Patel likes to spend time counseling patients about birth control and providing birth control education. She says, “We can individualize it for the patient, depending on their wants and needs.” Below is a list of options our Austin OBGYN discusses with women.

  • Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC). These include hormonal implants in the arm and intrauterine devices (IUDs). All these methods are hormonal, except for the copper IUD. LARC methods are effective for three to 10 years. Dr. Patel understands that women may not know much about LARC, so she is happy to answer all questions.
  • The pill, shot, patch and vaginal ring are hormonal methods. This type of contraception is shorter acting than LARC methods. For example, patients need to take pills daily or monthly or come into the office for the shots every three months.
  • Barrier methods include the condom, sponge, cervical cap and diaphragm. Women need to use these methods every time they have sex. Condoms are the only method that helps prevent sexually transmitted infections, or STIs.
  • Permanent sterilization refers to tubal ligation, also known as “having your tubes tied.”

Dr. Patel offers world-class birth control education

When it comes to contraception, there is no one size fits all answer. Dr. Patel believes that women need to understand the risks and benefits of birth control to choose what is right for them. Women’s needs change over time, and this Austin OBGYN looks forward to helping her patients through every stage of their journey. If you are looking for personalized, compassionate care, contact us to make an appointment with Dr. Patel.