Choosing a method of birth control is a personal decision that must consider several factors. There are many different methods available for women. Our healthcare providers will evaluate your personal preferences and recommend the birth control options to meet your needs.
Birth control or contraception is designed to prevent pregnancy. Some birth control methods also protect against STIs, while others do not. When choosing a birth control method, you should consider:
- Your health conditions
- Frequency of sexual activity
- Number of sexual partners
- Desire to have children in the future
Sometimes birth control is used for reasons other than pregnancy prevention. Such as treatment of conditions like endometriosis or to lighten heavy, painful periods.
Birth control options include:
- Birth control arm implant (Nexplanon)
- Intra-uterine device (IUD)
- Birth control shot (Depo-Provera)
- Vaginal ring (NuvaRing)
- Birth control patch
- Birth control pills
- Female condom
- Birth control sponge
- Spermicide and gel
- Cervical cap
- Tubal ligation (tube tie)
Each method comes with its pros and cons. Some methods are meant for longer-term contraception, such as implants and IUDs. Sterilization procedures such as tubal ligation and vasectomy are permanent methods of birth control.