If you’ve been using the same birth control method for years, there may be an option that’s better suited for your needs. A team member at the Women's Health Specialists in Orlando, Florida, can help you find a birth control approach that fits your body and your lifestyle. Schedule your appointment to get started today, online or over the phone.
Never before have there been so many birth control choices available to women, giving them the ability to control their reproductive health in a way that fits their short- and long-term plans. Some methods work better for certain circumstances than others, and it might take some trial and error to find the right option for you.
Birth control methods can be grouped into two categories: barrier or hormonal methods.
Barrier birth control options prevent pregnancy by placing a barrier between egg and sperm. Some options include:
Any of these options can be made even more effective by incorporating spermicide, which is a chemical that impedes the movement of sperm.
Hormonal birth control options prevent pregnancy by altering your hormonal balance to prevent ovulation or creating an environment that is inhospitable to fertilization. Some options include:
There is also a type of copper IUD that does not use hormones.
What about the rhythm method of birth control?
The rhythm method of birth control, also called fertility awareness, is an approach that relies on carefully tracking your menstrual cycle to predict which days you are most fertile. The idea is that you should avoid having sex on those days if you want to prevent unwanted pregnancy.
This is not an effective birth control method, and should only be used by couples who are prepared to move forward with an unplanned pregnancy. The withdrawal method, which relies on the male partner withdrawing his penis prior to ejaculation, is also not an effective way to prevent pregnancy.
Finding the right birth control method for you begins with a one-on-one consultation at Women’s Health Specialists. You can schedule an appointment online or by calling to speak with a member of the administrative staff.