Choosing when to start or stop having children is far better for your physical and mental health than leaving conception to chance. Kristine Van Kirk, MD, and Kelly Gebauer, WHNP-BC, of Healthy Lifestyle Medicine in Cheyenne, Wyoming, offer a range of effective forms of birth control to help you take charge of your fertility. To benefit from expert advice that enables you to choose birth control that’s right for you, call Healthy Lifestyle Medicine, or book an appointment online today.
Birth control is a way of taking charge of your fertility, so you only have children when you’re ready. There are various ways of preventing pregnancy, from simple barrier methods that stop sperm from accessing the egg to a variety of hormonal contraceptives.
If you’re not quite ready to start a family or don’t wish to have any more children, Healthy Lifestyle Medicine can provide you with the birth control that works best with your body and is most suited to your lifestyle.
Some of the birth control options available at Healthy Lifestyle Medicine include:
Birth control pills contain estrogen, progesterone, or both. These female hormones affect your reproductive cycle to prevent conception.
A birth control patch also contains hormones, but the delivery method is a patch that you stick on your arm. Your body gradually absorbs the hormones through your skin.
An intrauterine device (IUD) is a small implant that sits in your uterus. Hormonal IUDs slowly release progesterone; copper IUDs make your uterus hostile to sperm. A copper IUD can stay in place for up to 10 years.
Nexplanon is a small, thin, flexible birth control implant that goes in your arm. Shaped like a rod, it’s as effective as a hormonal pill, but you don’t have the daily hassle of remembering to take medication.
Depo-Provera is a long-lasting hormonal injection.
NuvaRing is a flexible ring that fits in your vagina. You put the NuvaRing in for three weeks, remove it, wait a week, then put in a new one.
Other options include sponges; diaphragms, which work like a cup over your cervix; and male or female condoms.
You have more choice with birth control methods now than ever before, so it might feel a little overwhelming. Fortunately, your provider at Healthy Lifestyle Medicine can help you choose.
They consider your lifestyle and factors like your organizational skills; for instance, if you’re very forgetful, you might not remember to take your contraceptive pill every day.
Your medical history is also important. Some hormonal methods might be unsuitable if you’ve had breast cancer or a history of blood clots (deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolisms).
It’s also important to remember that most birth control methods don’t protect you against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), except for male condoms.
For expert advice on birth control, call Healthy Lifestyle Medicine today, or book an appointment online.