Birth Control Specialist

My OB/GYN

Dana N. Snell-Hargrove, D.O.

OB/GYN & Wellness Center located in Fort Worth, TX

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 Q & A

What is birth control?

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.)

What are some different types of birth control?

Various birth control options are available. Most fall into one of four categories:

Barrier

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.

Short-Acting Hormonal

  • The pill (a daily event)
  • The patch (once a week)
  • The vaginal ring (monthly)
  • Injectables (every three months)

Long-Acting Hormonal

  • Implants, such as Nexplanon® (effective for up to three years)
  • Intrauterine devices (IUDs) (effective 3-10 years)

You can choose to have them removed earlier if your plans change.

Permanent

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.

What are the benefits of birth control?

Many birth control methods work through the use of hormones and have additional health benefits, including the ability to reduce or prevent:

  • Acne
  • Menstrual cramps or pain
  • Cysts and cancers
  • Severe infections in your female organs
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Iron- deficiency anemia

    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.

    Why is it important to discuss birth control with your doctor?

    The three main factors to consider when deciding on a birth control method are:

    • Lifestyle
    • Medical history
    • Desire to have children in the future

      To determine what’s best for you, ask yourself these questions:

      • Are you looking only to prevent pregnancy, or other benefits as well?
      • How long do you want to put off pregnancy?
      • How often do you want to think about contraception?  Daily, weekly, monthly, not at all?

        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.