From a simple condom that prevents sperm from joining with your egg, to surgery to permanently prevent pregnancy, your contraception choices are vast. Here's a quick rundown of your birth control options:
This type of birth control blocks the merger of sperm with egg. It includes condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, and sponges. These contraceptive products must be used each time you have sexual intercourse.
This type of contraceptive regulates a woman’s ovaries and prevents her from releasing eggs that could be fertilized. Hormonal methods include birth control pills, patches, and vaginal rings. These methods need to be regularly swallowed, applied, inserted, or injected as instructed by your doctor.
Intrauterine devices, commonly referred to as IUDs, and hormonal implants are long-lasting birth control devices that your doctor inserts every three to 10 years, depending on the method.
If you're sure you don't want any kids, or decide you no longer want any more children, Dr. Chung can perform female tubal ligation or occlusion to prevent pregnancy, permanently. A vasectomy performed by a urologist will also permanently prevent pregnancy in men.
The type of contraception you choose depends on your lifestyle, your health, your desire to have children in the future, your age, and your sexual partners. Dr. Chung can help you narrow down your choices to pick the birth control method that fits best with your lifestyle.
In addition to preventing pregnancy, different contraceptive methods can provide a variety of health benefits, depending on the one you choose:
Some contraceptive methods can temporarily cause cramping, irregular bleeding, and tender breasts. Tell Dr. Chung if you’re a smoker or have a history of blood clots, breast cancer, heart issues, migraine headaches, high blood pressure, or diabetes. He can recommend birth control methods that are safe in combination with these conditions or lifestyle habits.
To find out more about your contraception options, call Alliance for Women’s Health or make an appointment online.
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