Choosing the Right Birth Control for You

Choosing the right birth control, side effects for each contraceptive method, understanding birth control

Choosing the right contraceptive for your health and lifestyle is important. Each type of birth control is different. With different side effects and varying lengths of effectiveness. It's crucial you understand everything before you pick a birth control method.  

Understand how birth control methods work

Birth control works to prevent pregnancy. But each type takes a different approach. For example, contraceptive pills. This popular birth control option releases hormones to prevent pregnancy. But you're responsible for taking the pills at the same time every day.

If you don't want to take birth control pills, there are other options. Depo-Provera is an injectable hormone that works like contraceptive pills. It’s administered every three months to prevent ovulation. This shot thickens the mucus around your cervix to keep sperm away.

You could also opt for an IUD. This t-shaped device fits inside your uterus and releases hormones over a period of time.

If you want a permanent method of birth control, there’s Tubal Ligation. Also known as, “having your tubes tied.” During this surgery, the doctor cuts, ties, or blocks the fallopian tubes. This prevents eggs from ever meeting sperm.

Chose the best method for your lifestyle

Birth control is only effective at preventing pregnancy if used correctly. There's a reason why IUDs, contraceptive implants, and shots have a low risk of pregnancy. They require minimal work on your part. You don’t have to set alarms and stop what you’re doing to take a pill.

You also want to consider the cost of birth control. And whether it's covered by your insurance. Don't forget about doctor's appointments. If you opt for IUDs or the Depo-Provera shot, you'll need to visit your doctor for placements and top-ups.

Consider the side effects associated with each contraceptive method

Most birth control uses hormones to prevent pregnancy. Changing the hormone levels in your body can cause a range of side effects. Such as increased appetite, weight gain, or mood changes. You should discuss potential side effects with your doctor.

With that said, some side effects can be beneficial. Birth control can lighten your menstrual cycle, reduce your risk of certain cancers, and even prevent anemia.

Dr. Mark Schumacher is ready to answer your questions on birth control

Are you unsure which birth control method is best for you? Dr. Mark Schumacher is ready to help. He'll assess the pros and cons of each contraception option with you. So, you can reach the right decision for your health and lifestyle.

Dr. Schumacher has over 40 years of experience in obstetrics and gynecology. He has the expertise you’re looking for when making such an important decision. What are you waiting for? Call his office today, at 775-234-2301 or schedule a consultation here.

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