Whether you’re in your teens or approaching menopause, birth control is a personal decision that every woman needs to make. Because there are so many options and many do more than prevent pregnancy, Dr. Dana N. Snell-Hargrove at My OB/GYN in Fort Worth, Texas helps you with family planning. Call or go online to make an appointment.
Birth control, also referred to as contraception, is the label given to reference any method used to prevent pregnancy. Many birth control methods also help relieve symptoms associated with menstruation and barrier methods prevent the passing of sexually transmitted diseases and infections (STDs and STIs.)
Various birth control options are available. Most fall into one of four categories:
Barrier birth control methods include condoms, sponges, and diaphragms. Barrier method birth control needs to be applied before each sexual encounter to be effective in preventing pregnancy. Most of these birth control methods also help prevent STDs and STIs.
You can choose to have them removed earlier if your plans change.
Permanent birth control is not meant to be reversed. Tubal ligation is surgery where the fallopian tubes are clamped, blocked, severed and sealed to prevent eggs from reaching the uterus for implantation. The tubes may also be removed completely.
Many birth control methods work through the use of hormones and have additional health benefits, including the ability to reduce or prevent:
The hormones included in many forms of birth control can also make your period lighter or temporarily stop it. Non-hormonal birth control methods help reduce your exposure to sexually transmitted diseases.
The three main factors to consider when deciding on a birth control method are:
To determine what’s best for you, ask yourself these questions:
Through her one-on-one personalized approach, Dr. Dana N. Snell-Hargrove at My OB/GYN in Fort Worth, Texas helps you choose the best birth control method.