Birth Control Specialist

Women to Women OB GYN Care

Board Certified Obstetrics & Gynecologist located in Hollywood, FL

Birth control’s primary aim is to prevent unwanted pregnancy, and the type of contraceptive you choose is a personal decision based on a number of considerations. At Women to Women OB GYN Care in Hollywood, Florida, expert OB/GYNs Dr. Shrusan Gray and Dr. Svetlana Maslyak can help you navigate your birth control choices and offer the best type for you. Call the office to set up a birth control consultation or book an appointment online today.

Birth Control Q & A

Women to Women OB GYN Care

What types of birth control are available?

Birth control prevents pregnancy in several different ways. In addition to offering sterilization through tubal ligation or hysterectomy, you can choose from the following:

  • Barrier methods, which include condoms, diaphragms, and the cervical cap
  • Short-acting hormonal methods, including birth control pills and shot
  • Long-acting reversible contraceptive, which include intrauterine devices (IUDs) and hormonal implants
  • Natural methods, such as cervical fluid observation or the rhythm method

Your doctor can help you understand the merits, and drawbacks, of each birth control method.

What should I consider when deciding on a birth control method?

There’s a number of factors you should take into consideration when deciding on the best birth control method for you. These include:

  • How many partners you have and how often you have sex
  • When, or if, you want to get pregnant
  • Your health history
  • Effectiveness of each method
  • Possible side effects

Some methods of birth control are more convenient than others. For example, if you commit to the pill, you must take it every day at the same time.

What are the side effects of birth control?

Not all methods of birth control have a side effect. However, hormonal methods such as the pill, some IUDs, and hormonal implants like Nexplanon® may cause side effects such as:

  • Headaches
  • Irregular, heavier, lighter, or missed periods
  • Sore breasts
  • Mood changes

The pill in particular may raise your risk of high blood pressure and blood clots. Discuss any concerns you may have about side effects with your OB/GYN at Women to Women OB GYN Care.

How effective is each birth control method?

Sterilization, IUDs, and hormonal implants are about 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. The shot is 94% effective, while the pill, vaginal ring, and patch are about 91% effective. Barrier methods are less reliable, with a diaphragm being 88% effective and female and male condoms beings 79-82% effective.

If you choose not to use a type of birth control but instead monitor your fertility patterns, you have a 76% effectiveness in preventing pregnancy. If you use no method of birth control, it’s a 15% chance of preventing pregnancy.

For more information about the best method of birth control for you, call Women to Women OB GYN Care or book an appointment online today.