Contraception Q & A
What is contraception?
Contraception, also called birth control, includes all medications, devices, and methods that help prevent pregnancy. Though some forms of contraception work better than others, the form of birth control best suited for you depends on many factors.
For more than 50 years, the caring team at OB/GYN Associates of Miami has been helping women make decisions about contraception, and they offer many options to meet your family planning needs.
What are the types of contraception?
When it comes to preventing pregnancy, you have many types of contraception to choose from. Some of the birth control options available at OB/GYN Associates of Miami include:
Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs)
LARCs are implantable devices that prevent pregnancy for 3-10 years, and they include intrauterine devices (IUDs) and hormonal implants. Your provider at OB/GYN Associates of Miami performs LARC insertion and removal and offers many types, including Mirena®, ParaGard®, Kyleena®, and Nexplanon®.
LARCs prevent pregnancy by stopping your ovaries from releasing an egg, preventing sperm from reaching your egg, or making it impossible for an egg to implant itself into your uterus. LARCs are one of the most effective forms of reversible birth control.
Short-acting hormonal methods
Birth control pills, patches, and shots are short-acting hormonal methods of birth control. These forms of contraception prevent pregnancy by stopping ovulation or preventing sperm from reaching the egg.
Short-acting hormonal methods aren’t as effective at preventing pregnancy as LARCs or permanent sterilization. However, they may be prescribed to assist in the management of a gynecological condition, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, or menorrhagia (heavy menstrual bleeding).
Tubal ligation, also called female sterilization, is a surgical procedure and a permanent form of birth control. During a tubal ligation, your OB/GYN cuts or blocks your fallopian tubes to prevent sperm from fertilizing your eggs.
Tubal ligation is a very effective form of birth control. However, OB/GYN Associates of Miami only recommends the procedure to women who have no future pregnancy plans.
How do I know what contraception method is best for me?
When you come in for an appointment, your physician at OB/GYN Associates of Miami can help you determine the contraception method that suits your health and lifestyle. When it comes to choosing the best option, they take into consideration your current health needs, sexual history, and future pregnancy plans.
To schedule your contraception consultation, contact OB/GYN Associates of Miami by calling the office or using the online booking tool.