Nearly every woman in the U.S. will use birth control at some point in their lives to manage their health, their family plans and their future.
But the best birth control is in the eye of the beholder. Your method of choice needs to fit your lifestyle. It needs to fit your goals. And it definitely needs to fit with your period priorities. (Let’s just say “no” to heavy flows, shall we?)
But with so many options out there, how do you choose the best one for you? That’s where your OB-GYN or certified nurse midwife can be a big help.
Our OB-GYNs and midwives are experts in women’s health. They’re your advocate, dedicated to promoting your well-being and reproductive health – plus they know all there is to know about birth control.
The best part? You don’t need to head to the clinic.
There are many birth control methods available today. Pregnancy prevention is the goal for each type, but they work in different ways. Here are some of the most popular options:
Birth control pill– Since its invention, the birth control pill remains one of the most common forms of contraception. The pill contains hormones similar to those that naturally exist in a woman’s body. It’s taken at the same time each day to maintain a steady level of hormones and prevent pregnancy. Ring– Small and flexible, the birth control ring is worn inside the vagina where it releases hormones to prevent pregnancy. The ring is easy to place yourself, but it’s important to replace it each month for it to be effective. IUD (intrauterine device)– An IUD is a small, T-shaped device that’s placed in your uterus by a doctor to prevent pregnancy. IUDs are great options because they can work for up to 10 years depending on the type and don’t require any extra work on your part. Plus, if your plans change, it’s easy to get your IUD removed.
- Implant – The birth control implant is a small rod-shaped device that a nurse or doctor inserts into your arm. It steadily releases hormones to prevent pregnancy for up to three years. And like the IUD, the implant can be removed when you’re ready.
During your visit, your doctor or midwife will talk with you about your health history, lifestyle and goals. If the pill or the ring is picked, they’ll will send a prescription to your pharmacy of choice. If an implant or IUD is chosen, they’ll talk you through next steps to get it placed. It’s that easy.