Choosing the right method of birth control is an important part of family planning but with so many options available, how do you know what’s right for you? Marvin Davis, MD, FACOG and Melanie McDowell, MD, FACOG at Capital Women's Care Howard County in Fulton, MD, offer personalized advice and support to help you make an informed choice about the best birth control option for you. Call or schedule a consultation online today to learn more about your options.
There are a variety of factors you need to think about when choosing birth control method, including:
The many forms of birth control work in different ways including acting as a barrier between egg and sperm, using hormonal control to stop ovulation, preventing implantation of a fertilized egg, or following your body’s natural cycle. Every woman has different needs, and the knowledgeable and compassionate doctors at Capital Women’s Care discuss your needs and help you make an informed choice about the best form of birth control to fit in with your lifestyle.
Barrier birth control methods prevent the sperm and egg from ever meeting. These options include:
Hormonal birth control methods release estrogen and/or progestin into your body to prevent ovulation. These options include:
IUDs are small T-shaped devices that are implanted into your uterus. They’re either made of copper, which interferes with sperm mobility preventing fertilization and can prevent implantation of a fertilized egg, or they slowly release hormones to stop your ovulation.
Natural family planning doesn’t use any hormones or devices to alter your body but teaches you to pay attention to your body’s cycles and avoid intercourse during your fertile days. Some of these methods include:
The doctors at Capital Women’s Care also offer permanent birth control options including female sterilization techniques like tubal ligation and Essure®, as well as vasectomies for men. These options are permanent and should only be considered if you are certain that you’ve completed your family.
If you have questions about your birth control options, call or schedule a consultation online today.