Birth control, or contraception, is any method used to prevent pregnancy. There are many different methods of birth control and if you are sexually active it is also important to reduce your risk of getting sexually transmitted diseases (STIs). The best way to prevent both STIs and pregnancy is to use ‘dual protection’. This means using a condom to prevent STIs while also using another form of birth control. Please talk with your doctor to find the method that works best for your lifestyle and your body.
Birth Control Methods
These include birth control pills, skin patches, injections, and vaginal rings. Along with protecting against pregnancy, hormonal methods may also help you manage period symptoms. These methods may make your period more regular, may reduce menstrual cramps, improve acne, and reduce migraines associated with menstruation. It is important to know that these methods do not protect you from STIs. Please talk with your doctor, as all of these methods require a prescription.
Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) methods
These include intrauterine devices and hormonal implants. LARCs last for years depending on the method. If you want to stop using them, they are reversible and can be removed at any time. These methods do not protect you from STIs.
These include condoms, diaphragms, and cervical caps. Barrier methods are used each time you have sexual intercourse. Condoms are the most effective way to prevent STIs if you have sex, but they are not the most effective type of birth control. The best way to prevent both STIs and pregnancy is to use ‘dual protection’. This means using a condom to prevent STIs and also using another form of birth control.
County Obstetrics and Gynecology Group, P.C. is dedicated to caring for the special health needs of women of all ages, whether they are just entering puberty, expecting a baby, or navigating menopause.
Our warm and professional staff are trained to provide the highest quality of care to our patients, including adult and adolescent gynecology, gynecologic surgery, obstetrics, urogynecology, and gynecologic oncology.