Contraception Q & A
What is Contraception?
Contraception prevents pregnancy during intercourse. You may use contraception temporarily when you aren’t ready to start a family yet or you want to avoid pregnancy for a while after having a child. If you’re done having children, you may opt for permanent contraception.
What Types of Contraception are Available?
A variety of types of contraception are available. Some of the most popular options include:
- Oral birth control pills: Taken every day to stop ovulation and prevent pregnancy
- Injections: Hormonal injections that prevent pregnancy for several months at a time
- Implants: Usually placed in the arm, these offer long-term, reversible protection from pregnancy
- IUDs: A removable device placed in the uterus to prevent pregnancy for an extended period.
- Barrier contraceptives: Certain types of contraception, such as condoms and diaphragms, protect against pregnancy by creating a barrier between the sperm and the egg
- Sterilization: A permanent protection for women who don’t want any more children
Which Contraception Method is Best?
Every method of contraception offers different advantages for patients. In addition, some contraceptives may cause side effects or put you at risk of certain complications. The doctors at OB/GYN Specialists of South Miami explain the risks and benefits of every option available to you so you can make an informed decision.
When Should Women See the Doctor for Contraception?
Every woman who is sexually active and doesn’t want to get pregnant should make an appointment at OB/GYN Specialists of South Miami to discuss contraception. You should also make an appointment if you want to change your contraception, or if you’re experiencing worrisome symptoms that may be related to contraception.
Also, if your contraception is expiring or you need a medication refill, you’ll need to see the doctor. Finally, when you’re ready to get pregnant, you may need to make an appointment to stop contraception.