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Birth Control Specialist

Dekalb Women's Specialists -  - OBGYN

Dekalb Women's Specialists

OBGYNs & Women's Health Specialists located in Decatur, Lithonia, and Stone Mountain, GA

So many types of birth control are available that it can be hard to know which type is best for your family goals, health, and lifestyle. At Dekalb Women's Specialists in Lithonia, Decatur, and Stone Mountain, Georgia, you receive counseling and recommendations based on your needs. Set up an appointment to learn about your birth control options and obtain any prescriptions or devices today. Call the office or book an appointment online.

Birth Control Q & A

What types of birth control are available?

When you want to discuss contraception, the team at Dekalb Women’s Specialists reviews the many types of birth control available to you. 

These include:

Sterilization

Surgical methods that permanently prevent pregnancy include tubal ligation, for a woman, or vasectomy, for a man. These should only be discussed if you’re sure you don’t want to add to your family.

Barrier methods

Barrier methods stop sperm from meeting the egg, thus preventing fertilization. Examples include condoms, the diaphragm, and the sponge. 

Short-acting hormonal methods

This contraception type alters your hormonal status to prevent pregnancy. Options include the pill or Depo-Provera® shot. You must take them daily or monthly.

Long-acting reversible contraceptives

Intrauterine devices (IUDs) use hormones or copper to change the quality of your cervical mucus and discourage conception. This category also includes implants such as Nexplanon®, which is placed in your arm. 

Natural rhythm methods

You don’t take a pill or use a device, but you track your cycle and avoid intercourse on your most fertile days.

How effective are various types of birth control?

Most birth control is effective at preventing pregnancy if used correctly. Certain types have a greater risk of user error, however. For example, it’s easy to put on a condom incorrectly, to miss signals while cycle tracking, or forget to take the pill.

The most reliable methods are the most foolproof. IUDs and hormonal implants are 99% effective in preventing pregnancy, as they require no real effort after insertion and protect you for 3-10 years.

How do I choose the best contraceptive method for me?

Set up a contraception counseling appointment to have a provider help you determine the right option for you. 

You can consider and discuss questions such as:

  • Are you in a mutually monogamous relationship?
  • Do you want to have a family one day and how soon?
  • Do you have any existing health problems?
  • What are the side effects of each method?
  • How often do you have sex?

You’ll also want to consider your partner’s feelings, any ethical concerns, and your commitment to a regular schedule. 

Set up your appointment at Dekalb Women’s Specialists to evaluate your birth control options and get started on protecting yourself from pregnancy. To schedule, call the nearest office or use the online booking tool.