When it comes to birth control, several options fit practically every lifestyle, circumstance, and health issue. As an OB/GYN, Dr. Carrie Patterson helps you navigate available choices to find one best suited to your situation, whether it’s a temporary measure or a more permanent solution. To discuss which method is right for you, call today to make an appointment with Dr. Patterson at her practice in Frisco, Texas.
Whether you simply want to delay having a family, or you’ve decided not to have children, there are birth control methods that work for every situation.
Birth control is divisible into two categories: hormonal birth control and barrier birth control. Hormonal birth control works by regulating your ovulation to prevent pregnancy, and barrier birth control works by creating a barrier to fertilization between your egg and sperm. Under each category is a broad range of choices, such as:
Hormonal birth control
Barrier birth control
Dr. Patterson offers many forms of birth control, including:
IUDs work both as a hormone control and as a barrier method. A hormonal IUD is inserted into your uterus, which slowly releases a hormone that inhibits ovulation and prevents passage of sperm for three to five years. A copper IUD, which is also inserted into your uterus, introduces copper into your uterus, which prompts the production of a substance that kills sperm for up to 10 years.
Nexplanon is an implant placed in your upper arm that steadily releases a hormone that prevents ovulation. Nexplanon is 99% effective in stopping pregnancy, works for up to three years, and can be removed at any time.
Essure is a permanent birth control option. Dr. Patterson inserts two small plastic devices through your vagina and uterus into each of your fallopian tubes. Usually, within three to six months, your body forms natural barriers around the inserts, preventing sperm from reaching your egg.
Each method of birth control has its advantages and disadvantages, as well as efficacy rates, which Dr. Patterson reviews with you. With all of the many options available, she makes sure you choose a method that will best suit your goals, your lifestyle, and your health concerns.