If you’re sexually active and not ready to have a baby, you have many family planning options that can help delay pregnancy until you’re ready. The medical experts at Women’s Care OB/GYN in Totowa, New Jersey, can discuss your family planning options and help determine the best method of contraception for you. Call today or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.
Family planning refers to a method of controlling the number of children you have and the intervals at which you have them using various methods of contraception (birth control). If you’re sexually active, and you don’t want to get pregnant, your physician at Women’s Care OB/GYN can help by discussing all the methods available to you to prevent unplanned pregnancy.
When it comes to family planning and preventing pregnancy, you have many options.
Barrier methods include condoms, diaphragms, and cervical caps. These methods of birth control prevent pregnancy by blocking the sperm from reaching your egg.
Hormonal methods of birth control include the pill, patch, hormone shot, vaginal ring, and under-the-skin implant. These methods of birth control use hormones to alter your ovulation to help prevent pregnancy.
An IUD is a device that gets inserted into your cervix and prevents pregnancy by altering the movement of sperm to prevent it from reaching the egg for fertilization.
Sterilization is a permanent means of preventing pregnancy that blocks or cuts your fallopian tubes to prevent your egg from coming into contact with sperm for fertilization.
Your physician at Women’s Care OB/GYN helps you determine which method of birth control makes the best choice for you after an examination, review of your medical and sexual history, and a discussion of your future pregnancy plans. Some methods of birth control work better than others depending on your health and needs, which can be discussed during your visit to help you determine the method that makes the most sense for you.
Hormonal methods of birth control also provide health benefits, such as reducing menstrual flow and pain or clearing up acne, which may be something you consider when deciding on a contraceptive method.
The only methods of birth control that offer some protection against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are the female and male condom. However, these methods of birth control aren’t the most effective at preventing pregnancy. Combining condoms with another form of birth control may be your safest option unless you’re in a monogamous relationship and have both been tested for STDs.
To discuss your family planning options, call Women’s Care OB/GYN, or book an appointment using the online booking button.