Having control over when you start a family is one of the most empowering rights women have. If you need advice on finding the right kind of birth control, the highly skilled OB/GYN specialists at AllSafe Medical Group can help. At their four locations in Los Angeles, Lynwood, Huntington Park, and Downey, California, the AllSafe Medical Group team provides exceptional gynecological services for women, so call today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.
Birth control, also known as contraception, is how you take control of your body and its reproductive capabilities.
Starting a family when you’re ready is one of the most rewarding experiences in life. However, it’s also a huge undertaking, and you’ll be able to cope with it far better if you’re physically and mentally prepared.
Birth control helps you choose when you want to have a baby at a time that’s right for you. The OB/GYNs at AllSafe Medical Group are experts in advising patients on birth control and provide an extensive range of contraceptive choices, including alternative methods of birth control.
There are two types of birth control: hormonal contraception and barrier methods.
Hormonal types of birth control use female sex hormones, progesterone, and estrogen. At the right levels, these hormones prevent your ovaries from releasing eggs, meaning there’s nothing for your partner’s sperm to fertilize.
There are several forms of hormonal birth control, including:
When used exactly as intended, hormonal birth control methods can be almost 100% effective. Allowing for issues such as taking a pill at the wrong time, in practice, hormonal methods are effective around 90% of the time.
Hormonal implants like Nexplanon® and the Mirena® IUD have a success rate of around 99% because the implant is long-lasting, and you don’t have to do anything once it’s in your body.
Some women can’t use hormonal forms of birth control or prefer not to. The alternative is to use a barrier method, which, as the name suggests, involves using a physical barrier that stops any sperm from reaching the egg.
Widely used barrier methods of birth control include:
Sponges, diaphragms, and caps all create a physical barrier blocking the way into your uterus. You use them each time you plan to have sex, and they work best when you use them together with a spermicide.
The Paragard® IUD the team at AllSafe Medical Group uses is made of copper, which disables sperm. Copper IUDs can last for up to 10 years and offer 99% effectiveness in preventing pregnancy.
Whichever method of birth control you use, it’s worth bearing in mind that the only contraceptive device that protects you against STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) is the condom. It’s always best to use a condom as well as other birth control methods unless you’re in a committed, monogamous relationship.
Find out more, or book an appointment by calling AllSafe Medical Group today. You can also use the online form.