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The choice is yours. Exploring your birth control options

You have so many choices when selecting birth control options for preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). All the choices can be overwhelming, but the Women’s Health Texas team can be your guide to birth control. Our physicians will review your medical history and discuss several factors that might influence your decision. These factors include your overall health, future pregnancy plans, how often you have sex and the number of partners you have. Our staff will also talk to you about side effects and gauge your comfort level with different methods.

Preventing pregnancy with birth control options that have a high effectiveness rate

Long-acting reversible contraceptives, also known as LARCs, are the most effective birth control options for preventing pregnancy. They include implantable rods that go in your arm and intrauterine devices (IUDs). With these devices, less than one in 100 women get pregnant. Sterilization has the same effectiveness rating. “Set it and forget it” LARCs are effective for three to 10 years after physicians place them.

Finding a hormonal method that suits your needs

Birth control pills, patches, injections and vaginal rings are hormonal methods. With proper use, pregnancy occurs in about six to 12 women out of 100.

Birth control pills are a popular form of birth control for preventing pregnancy. They are available as progestin-only pills, or combination pills that contain estrogen and progestin. If you choose pills, you need to remember to take them at the same time every day. Injections last for about three months. You wear the hormonal patch and the vaginal ring for 21 days, then remove it for seven days before replacing it with a new patch or ring.

Barrier methods are affordable and easy to obtain

If you want birth control options that you can buy at your local drugstore, barrier methods may work for you. They aren’t as effective as some of the other methods, with 18 or more women out of 100 getting pregnant while using these contraceptives in a year. Barrier options include male and female condoms, sponges and spermicides. Remember condoms are the only birth control method that protects against STIs. The male condom is more effective than the female condom.

We are here to answer all your questions about birth control, so contact us today for an appointment.