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Contraception services offered in Mobile, AL

Contraception is an important part of a woman’s health plan. Contraception helps women determine the number of children they have and when they have them. At Bay Area Physicians for Women in Mobile, Alabama, the experienced obstetrics and gynecology physicians offer many contraception options. They work closely with you to help you find the method that best fits your family planning needs. Schedule your contraception appointment by calling the office or booking online today.


Q & A

What is contraception?

Contraception, or birth control, includes the various tools available to prevent pregnancy, such as medication, devices, or procedures. 

 

Women have many options when it comes to contraception. Some methods help manage gynecological conditions, and others may protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). And some forms of birth control work better at preventing unintended pregnancies.

 

Bay Area Physicians for Women is a patient-first obstetrics and gynecology practice. When it comes to contraception, your needs are foremost.

What are the types of contraception?

You have many choices when it comes to contraception. Types of birth control include:

Tubal ligation

Tubal ligation, or having your tubes tied, is a permanent form of birth control. During this procedure, your OB/GYN cuts or blocks the fallopian tube to prevent sperm from reaching your egg for fertilization.

Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs)

LARCs are devices placed in your uterus or upper arm that prevent pregnancy for 3-10 years. LARCs include the intrauterine device (IUD) and the birth control implant.

 

This form of contraception works by preventing ovaries from releasing eggs, preventing sperm from reaching an egg, or making it impossible for an egg to implant itself into the uterus.

Short-acting hormonal contraception

Short-acting hormonal contraception refers to types of birth control you need to take on a routine basis (daily or monthly). The birth control pill, patch, and shot are examples of short-acting hormonal contraception.

 

These forms of birth control prevent pregnancy by stopping the ovaries from releasing an egg or preventing sperm from reaching the egg.

Barrier methods

Barrier methods include condoms, diaphragms, and the cervical cap. You must use these methods every time you have sex to prevent pregnancy. 

Natural rhythm method

The natural rhythm method is a form of birth control in which you avoid having sex on the days you’re ovulating.

What type of contraception is best for me?

Your obstetrics and gynecology physician at Bay Area Physicians for Women does a complete history and physical to determine what type of contraception makes the best choice for you.

 

When helping you decide, they take into consideration your health needs, sexual activity, current, and future pregnancy plans, and personal preferences. Once you decide on a form of contraception, your physician explains how it works and what to expect.

 

Contraception is important for women’s health. For expert guidance, call Bay Area Physicians for Women or schedule an appointment online today.

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