There are a variety of birth control options to choose from that are both safe and effective. At Bluebonnet OB/GYN in San Antonio, Texas, Dr. Patricia K. Brougher and nurse practitioner Laurita Old Hudec explain your options and help you decide what’s best for you. Whether you’d prefer a daily pill or an intrauterine device (IUD), the attentive Bluebonnet specialists take time to assess your needs and provide you with valuable information. Make your appointment online or call today to discuss your contraception options.
Birth control is a form of preventing pregnancy. Different methods of birth control can vary in effectiveness. At your consultation, you discuss your contraception options and work with your Bluebonnet provider to make the best decision for your needs. Be sure to ask any questions you may have.
Keep in mind that you might have to try a few different methods to find the one that works best for you.
Bluebonnet offers many different forms of birth control to prevent pregnancy.
The birth control pill is a popular choice that uses progestin and estrogen hormones. You take the pill at the same time every day.
Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are small devices that are inserted into your uterus. There are copper IUDs and hormonal IUDs that protect against pregnancy anywhere from 3- 10 years. IUDs are removable at any time.
The birth control patch contains estrogen and progestin hormones. You place the patch on your skin once a week for three weeks. In the fourth week, you don’t wear a patch, allowing menstrual bleeding to occur. The patch is similar to birth control pills in that they release hormones into your bloodstream to prevent pregnancy.
The NuvaRing® also uses the same hormones found in birth control pills and involves a special ring placed in your vagina that releases a continuous low dose of the hormones. NuvaRing is a four-week cycle; the ring stays in your vagina for three weeks, and you remove it for one week.
You can place and remove the ring conveniently yourself, like a tampon. NuvaRing® should stay in your vagina before and after intercourse to ensure you’re protected from pregnancy.
Nexplanon is a progesterone l implant that lasts up to three years. The small, flexible implant is placed discreetly under the skin of your inner, upper arm and can be removed at any time.
Birth control works to prevent pregnancy, but some methods also offer additional benefits, such as:
In some cases, birth control can treat medical conditions, such as:
To learn more about birth control, call or click to book your appointment at Bluebonnet OB/GYN.