When it comes to birth control, there’s no shortage of options, from on-the-spot methods to long-term solutions. To help you navigate the many choices, turn to the experts at Southeast Texas OB/GYN Associates, P.A. The team of OB/GYNs at Beaumont, Texas, can help guide you in a direction that fits your lifestyle and your goals.
Birth Control Q & A
Birth control methods generally fall into three categories:
Hormonal birth control methods regulate your ovulation by controlling your hormones. The most common hormonal birth control methods are largely differentiated by their delivery methods, which include:
- Oral contraceptives
- Hormonal implants
- Vaginal rings
- Hormonal injections or patches
Birth control methods that prevent sperm from reaching your eggs are considered barrier methods and include:
- Vaginal ring
- Cervical cap
- Tubal ligation
If you prefer a more natural approach to birth control, the most common methods are:
- Pull-out method
- Fertility awareness planning
The answer to this question depends entirely on your situation and your goals. To get started, the doctors at Southeast Texas OB/GYN Associates, P.A. sit down with you to review your situation to come up with the best plan of action.
For example, if you’re concerned about forgetting to take a daily pill, Southeast Texas OB/GYN Associates, P.A. offers IUDs and Nexplanon® arm implants that take the guesswork out of birth control.
If you’re looking for a more permanent birth control solution, the doctors can perform an outpatient tubal ligation, which closes off your fallopian tubes.
Whatever your situation and your goals, the doctors at Southeast Texas OB/GYN Associates, P.A. have a solution that’s right for you.
Efficacy rates for the various birth control options depend upon how you use them. Assuming you use them as directed, here’s a look at how effective some birth control methods are:
- Implants and IUDs: 99.92-99.95%
- Tubal ligation: 99.5%
- Injectables: 94%
- Diaphragm: 88%
- Condoms: 82%
This list is by no means comprehensive, and the doctors are happy to supply you with more information regarding efficacy.
If you’d like to learn more about the options in birth control, call Southeast Texas OB/GYN Associates, P.A., or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.