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Birth Control Options

In the last decade, the available methods of birth control have multiplied significantly.  Some (not all) of the available contraception choices available are:

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Hormonal Intrauterine Device (IUD)
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Copper Intrauterine Device (IUD)
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Implant
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Shot
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Pill
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Contraceptive Vaginal Ring
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Contraceptive Patch
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Morning After Pill
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Diaphragm
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Male Condom
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Female Condom
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Contraceptive Sponge

What factors should you consider when choosing a family planning or birth control method? 

This is an important question your OB/GYN can help you think through. How often you have sex, your health, and whether or not you want children all play a role in which form of birth control you choose as well as these listed below:

 

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Effectivenes
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Cost
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Availability
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Partner involvement
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Health risk
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Permanence
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Preventing disease
Each contraceptive method varies in effectiveness, cost, side effects and flexibility. These variables need to be considered when choosing a family planning method that fits your needs, budget, lifestyle, and religious preference. Also, ask yourself the following when making this important decision:

  • family-planningHow effective are the different methods?
  • Can you make the method part of your daily routine?
  • Would you prefer contraception that you don’t have to remember every day?
  • Are you comfortable inserting contraceptives?
  • Do you mind if your periods change?
  • Do you smoke?
  • Are you overweight?
  • Can I use hormonal contraceptives?
  • What if you can’t use contraceptives that contain estrogen?
  • Are you taking medicines for other are there other conditions to consider?
  • Do you want to get pregnant in the near future?

Once you know the answers to these questions, your choice of contraception will be much easier to make. If you have questions about contraception, call today and make an appointment with one of our physicians to talk over the options that would be right for you.

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