Effective birth control can help you take charge of your family planning. The caring team of all-female OB/GYN experts at Doctors of Women provide a full range of birth control options to residents of Irvine, California, and throughout the greater Orange County area. You can call our caring team for a consultation today or use our convenient online form.
The best kind of birth control is the type that works best for you: It should effectively prevent unwanted pregnancies while matching your needs and lifestyle. Depending on how your life changes over time, you may also wish to change your method of birth control.
Some factors to consider when deciding which type of birth control to use are:
There are several different categories of birth control, and they all have varying efficacy rates and advantages, such as protection against sexually transmitted disease (STDs). There are four main categories of birth control:
Behavioral birth control relies on you and/or your partner taking certain actions to prevent pregnancy. Behavioral methods include:
A barrier type of birth control is placed into or on your body to block sperm from reaching the eggs. Barrier methods include:
Hormonal methods of birth control change a woman’s chemistry so that she is less likely to become pregnant, but they do not protect against STDs. Hormonal birth control methods include:
Medical birth control methods create physical changes to your body and must be administered by a physician; they offer no STD protection. Medical methods include:
The OB/GYNs at Doctors of Women can place the following plastic or copper, estrogen-free, hormone-releasing and non-hormonal IUDs:
While most IUDs are appropriate for all women, Mirena is only recommended for women who have already given birth.
If you are ready to explore the birth control methods that are available to you, call Doctors of Women or use the convenient online form to set up a consultation.