At Women’s Health Specialists of Dallas, the expert team of OB/GYNs can help you make an informed, educated decision and start a contraception method that’s right for you.

When choosing a birth control method, it’s helpful to consider questions like:

  • Do I want to have children soon or in the distant future?
  • How will my body tolerate hormones?
  • What type of birth control is best for my lifestyle and my sexual habits?
  • What would I do if my contraception method failed?
  • The right birth control can make you feel confident, empowered, and safe.
Birth Control FAQs
  • What are the benefits of birth control?

    Some birth control offer benefits beyond preventing pregnancy, such as:

    • Treating acne
    • Protecting against sexually transmitted diseases
    • Reducing menstrual pain and related symptoms, such as fatigue

    In certain cases, birth control can be used to treat medical conditions, such as:

  • What are the most common birth control methods?

    There are several birth control methods available, and each method varies in its effectiveness. Some of the most common methods include:

    • Oral contraception (the pill): a daily pill that prevents pregnancy through the release of the hormones, estrogen, progesterone, or both.
    • Birth control patch: a patch that delivers hormones to your bloodstream to prevent ovulation.
    • Male and female condoms: a barrier method that prevents sperm from fertilizing an egg.
    • Diaphragm: a small cup-like device that sits over the cervix to prevent sperm from reaching the uterus; can be used with spermicide.
    • IUD (intrauterine device): a small device your physician implants into your uterus that prevents egg fertilization.
    • Vaginal ring: a small, removable ring you insert into your vagina that delivers localized hormones to prevent pregnancy.

    Other options include:

    • Sponges
    • Hormone Injections
    • Nexplanon®, which is implanted into your arm

    Typically, you might have to try a couple of different methods before you find the best choice for you and your partner.

  • What can I expect after I start a birth control method?

    If you opt for a hormonal method of birth control, sometimes it can take a while for your body to get used to the influx of hormones. You may experience some side effects, like bloating, mood swings, or changes in your menstrual cycle. With hormonal birth control, you usually need to wait at least a week after starting it to have unprotected sex.

    If you’re using a barrier method of birth control, these are effective right away. Barrier methods may be less effective than hormonal contraception, however, so it’s important to understand the risks and to use a backup method, if necessary.

    If you decide you want to switch contraception methods at any time, just let your doctor know, and they will be happy to help you find something that works better for you.

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