Lucina Women's Health and Midwifery
Minimally Invasive Surgery & OBGYNs located in Boca Raton, FL & Boynton Beach, FL
If you’re trying to avoid pregnancy, there are many effective and easy-to-use contraception methods available. The team at Lucina Women's Health and Midwifery in Boca Raton, Pompano Beach, and Boynton Beach, Florida, can help you decide which option best fits your unique lifestyle. To find out which birth control method is right for you, call or book an appointment online today.
Contraception Q & A
What is contraception?
Birth control, or contraception, refers to a group of methods that aim to prevent pregnancy. Different birth control methods achieve this goal in various ways. Some types rely on hormones that prevent a woman’s ovaries from releasing eggs, while others block sperm from reaching her eggs.
What are the different types of contraception?
The team at Minimally Invasive Center for Women offers a variety of different contraception methods depending on your unique needs. Some of the most common types of birth control include:
Birth Control Pills
You’ve probably heard of the pill before. This popular contraception involves taking a small pill containing hormones every day. The hormones in the pill stop your ovaries from releasing eggs, preventing pregnancy.
The pill is 99% effective with perfect use, but more like 91% effective with typical use. Forgetting to take a pill, or not taking it at the same time every day, can decrease the effectiveness of this birth control method.
Preventing pregnancy with birth control pills only lasts as long as you take the medication. If you decide to get pregnant in the future, talk to the team about when to stop taking birth control pills.
Intrauterine devices, or IUDs, are small, T-shaped appliances that fit inside your uterus. There are different types of IUDs that work in different ways. One type releases hormones, which prevent ovulation just like the pill. The other type releases copper, which prevents sperm from fertilizing your egg.
IUDs are 99% effective at preventing pregnancy and long-acting. They safely work for up to 3-10 years, depending on the type you get. This method is reversible if you decide to get pregnant.
Sometimes called “getting your tubes tied,” this procedure is a permanent form of birth control. This safe and common surgical procedure prevents pregnancy by blocking off your fallopian tubes, which keeps sperm from reaching your egg.
Tubal ligation is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy and lasts forever. In most cases, this can’t be undone, so it’s important to make sure you’re ready for permanent birth control before considering tubal ligation.
How do I choose the right contraception method?
First, your provider performs an exam and discusses your lifestyle and sexual history. Depending on whether or not you wish to get pregnant in the future, they suggest the best birth control options for your needs.
For more information on birth control, call Minimally Invasive Center for Women or book an appointment online today.
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