Birth control is an effective way to prevent pregnancy—until you are ready. In the United States, 98% of sexually active women have used birth control at some time during their reproductive years. There are many different birth control methods and options. Choosing the one that’s right for you depends on your unique needs and goals.
In addition to preventing pregnancy, many types of birth control can also help make your periods lighter and more regular as well as ease acne and menstrual cramping.
Common types of birth control methods
Oral contraceptives are safe and effective daily medicines that contain hormones. Birth control pills work by stopping ovulation and thickening the cervical mucus to block sperm from reaching the egg.
A birth control implant is a tiny, thin rod about the size of a matchstick. It is implanted into your arm. An implant releases hormones into your body that prevent you from getting pregnant for approximately 5 years.
- Intrauterine device (IUD)
An intrauterine device is a small piece of flexible plastic shaped like a “T.” It is placed into your uterus to prevent pregnancy and can last up to 12 years.
- Birth control shot
Depo-Provera is a birth control injection you get once every three months. It’s a safe, convenient and private option to help you stop ovulation and avoid pregnancy.
- Vaginal ring
The vaginal ring is a small, flexible ring that is placed inside the vagina. It contains hormones that not only help prevent ovulation, but help reduce acne, make your periods lighter and more regular, and ease menstrual cramps.
The birth control patch is worn on the body. It releases hormones into your skin that prevent pregnancy. Like the vaginal ring, the patch can also help ease menstruation, menstrual cramps and acne.
Whether you’re new to birth control or interested in finding birth control methods that are right for you, the skilled specialists at Bay Area Physicians have the knowledge and resources to help guide your decision. Call 251-301-1145 to schedule an appointment.