With a wide range of birth control options, it can be challenging to determine the best type for your body, lifestyle, and family planning goals. The experienced gynecologists at Midwest Women Obstetrician/Gynecologist Ltd in Downers Grove, Illinois, can work with you to simplify your birth control options. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about birth control.
Birth control includes various methods to prevent pregnancy. Also called contraception, birth control allows you to control your family planning goals. Some types of birth control provide short-term pregnancy prevention that enables you to discontinue use at any time, while others involve long-term use.
Finding the right type of birth control for you is a joint effort between you and your doctor at Midwest Women OB/GYN Ltd. After a comprehensive physical exam and medical history review, your doctor can help determine the best birth control method for you.
The most common types of birth control are:
Oral contraceptives, or birth control pills, contain a combination of the hormones estrogen and progestin. You take a pill at the same time each day to continuously prevent pregnancy.
The vaginal ring is a soft, flexible device you insert into your vagina. The ring releases a steady stream of hormones and lasts three to five weeks.
The birth control patch is an adhesive square that you can place on your upper arm, abdomen, or buttocks. You only need to change your patch once a week for effective pregnancy prevention.
The birth control shot is an injection your doctor administers once every three months. Like other forms of hormonal birth control, the shot features hormones such as progestin.
IUDs are available in hormonal and non-hormonal forms. Your doctor inserts the IUD into your uterus through your vagina for long-term pregnancy prevention. Many types of IUDs last for up to five years.
Determining the best type of birth control for you involves a complete physical exam and medical history review. The team works with you to understand your diet, lifestyle, and family planning goals. Once the team has the necessary information, they can recommend personalized birth control options.
Call Midwest Women OB/GYN Ltd today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about birth control.