Contraception & Birth Control

For patients who are not yet ready to have a family or feel that their family is complete, the doctors at Ob-Gyn Associates offer advice and support for choosing the correct birth control options.

What kind of birth control should my partner and I be using?

The best kind of contraception or birth control is the kind that works for you. There are so many varieties of contraception available, that you and your doctor will find the best prescription or device for your needs. Contraception ranges from the birth control pills and hormone implants to IUDs, diaphragms, and condoms. Factors that could affect your decision about the best birth control for you include your sensitivity to hormones, sensitivity to latex, your intentions for getting pregnant in the near or distant future, your ability to remember to take a pill at the same time every day, and if protection from sexually transmitted diseases is also a concern.

Are there any permanent forms of birth control?

Yes. If a woman definitely does not want to get pregnant there are sterilization options available that offer permanent contraception. Sterilization closes or blocks a woman’s fallopian tubes. Typically referred to as having one’s "tubes tied" this is a misnomer as laparoscopy, mini-laparotomy, and laparotomy are completed through an incision where the fallopian tubes are cut and sealed or cauterized, effectively blocking the path where sperm and ova meet. There is a procedure called Essure, which does not require an incision. During this procedure, the doctor accesses the fallopian tubes through the vagina and inserts barriers into the tubes, permanently blocking sperm from meeting an egg. Both procedures are done under general anesthesia.

Are there other reasons to take birth control?

Yes, many women take birth control for reasons beyond avoiding pregnancy. Birth control can regulate periods. It can also make a woman’s periods shorter and lighter. Birth control pills stop ovulation, which can reduce the production of hormones that can cause painful cramping as well as the hormones associated with menstrual migraines. In addition, birth control has been shown to clear up acne and reduce body hair growth.