The most commonly used choices of birth control in this country are the pill, IUD, vaginal ring and the patch. As a Gynecologist with more than two decades of experience, Dr. Collins advises women on their many choices. Some of the factors to consider when deciding on contraception include sensitivity to hormones, sensitivity to latex, a woman’s desire to get pregnant in the near or distant future, and her ability to remember to take a pill at the same time every day. Please call our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Collings regarding your birth control plan.
The pill has been among the most popular forms of birth control since the early 1980s. In addition to being 99% effective, many women appreciate the fact that it doesn’t require an interruption to foreplay. The pill also offers additional benefits, such as reducing menstrual bleeding and cramping, and may also prevent acne, anemia, bone thinning, and certain cancers. Some potential drawbacks are that women may experience breast tenderness, nausea or spotting, and must remember to take the pill every day.
There are two types of IUDs. Both are shaped like a T and inserted into the uterus by a physician. A hormonal IUD releases the hormone, progesterone to thicken cervical mucus and prevent sperm from reaching an egg. A copper IUD, which in fact is made of plastic but wrapped with a thin copper wire, utilizes the copper’s ions to inhibit sperm movement and prevent pregnancy. IUDs are also 99% effective, and are so for 3-10 years, depending on the type and brand used. Please feel free to call our office for more information about IUDs.
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