Birth control prevents unwanted pregnancy; you and your gynecologist determine which type aligns with your preferences and goals for the future. The board-certified gynecologists and obstetricians at Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology in Atlanta and Alpharetta, Georgia, teach you about your options and help you make your choice. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.
Birth control, or contraception, includes pills, devices, shots, and other strategies that prevent pregnancy. There are many options to consider, and the team at Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology is happy to share the details of how each method works.
They vary in effectiveness, but you can get the best possible results from your birth control by using it correctly.
The Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology team answers your questions about specific birth control methods and how well they work. A few of the most popular birth control methods are:
Oral contraceptives, or “the pill,” are pills you take every day containing estrogen and progestin. Taking these hormones prevents ovulation and thins the lining of your uterus. When you use it correctly, the pill has a 91% rate of effectiveness.
IUDs can contain hormones or spermicidal metals like copper to stop sperm from reaching an egg. Hormonal IUDs last for 3-10 years and work by thickening the mucus in your cervix and thinning the uterine wall. IUDs have a 99% rate of effectiveness.
Vaginal rings are flexible hoops that you insert into the vagina for three weeks. They slowly release low doses of estrogen and progestin and are around 91% effective, accounting for human error.
Injections are another hormonal option for birth control and are about 94% effective. The injections contain only progestin and stay active for three months before needing another shot.
The implant is a device that your provider places in your arm with a minor in-office procedure. It’s about 99% effective and lasts for up to four years.
There are both male and female condoms, with male condoms being the more popular option. They’re also the only birth control method that can prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and are about 85% effective.
Choosing a birth control method is between you and your providers at Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology. There are many options available and details to consider when choosing one that aligns with your lifestyle, schedule, and any future plans for pregnancy.
You might need to try more than one birth control option to find one you like, trust, and will use consistently. While making your selection, you should consider:
In addition, hormonal birth control methods like the pill can regulate your menstrual cycle and help treat complications like painful periods or hormonal acne. The team at Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology might prescribe birth control to you for reasons other than contraception.
Birth control lets you choose the right time to get pregnant or avoid pregnancy altogether. Schedule your appointment for birth control prescriptions or management by phone or online at Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology today.