If you don’t want to have children or if you feel your family is complete, you can control your reproductive health with a wide range of contraceptive options. Experienced OB/GYN Emil Tajzoy, MD, offers contraceptive counseling services and a range of birth control options for you to choose from. If you have questions about contraception and want to find the best option for you, call his office in Dallas, Texas, or schedule a consultation online today.
You have a variety of different contraceptive options to consider. Dr. Tajzoy frequently prescribes the following types of birth control:
Birth control pills are a hormonal medication containing estrogen and progestin that stops ovulation and thickens your cervical mucus. You need to take your pill at the same time every day for optimal effectiveness. In addition to preventing pregnancy, birth control pills can regulate your period and, in some cases, reduce acne.
NuvaRing is a clear, medical-grade plastic ring that you insert into your vagina each month, where it slowly releases estrogen and progestin. The hormones prevent ovulation and thicken your cervical mucus, making it difficult for sperm to reach your uterus.
Nexplanon is a well-known brand of birth control implant. Dr. Tajzoy places the match-sized device into your upper arm, where it slowly releases the hormone progestin into your body. Nexplanon works for up to four years, although he can remove it at any time if you want to start trying to become pregnant.
Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are small T-shaped devices that Dr. Tajzoy inserts into your uterus. They’re available in hormonal and nonhormonal types.
The hormonal options slowly release estrogen and progestin into your body to prevent pregnancy. The nonhormonal option is wrapped in copper, which is toxic to sperm. Hormonal IUDs can stay in place for three to six years, depending on the type you choose. Copper IUDs are effective for up to 12 years.
Dr. Tajzoy provides contraception counseling to help you learn about your birth control options and choose the best type to fit your health and lifestyle. You need to consider factors such as your age, overall health, plans for having a family in the future, and whether you can take a pill at the same time every day.
It’s also important to remember that these forms of birth control don’t protect you from sexually transmitted diseases. Using a barrier method of birth control like a condom in addition to your regular contraception is the best way to prevent pregnancy and disease.
If you’re using a hormonal form of birth control and want to become pregnant, schedule a consultation at Emil Tajzoy, MD, to get personalized advice on when to stop taking your birth control and how long to wait to allow the hormones to leave your body before trying to conceive.
Call the office or schedule an appointment online today for expert contraception advice.