Women Elite Care
OBGYNs & Aesthetics located in Santa Clarita, CA
The most effective type of birth control is one that fits your lifestyle, family planning goals, and health. At Women Elite Care, Inc., OB/GYN Dr. Maryam Ardalan helps you navigate the many contraception options that are available. Women in Valencia, California, and the surrounding area can call the office or book an appointment online to learn more about their contraceptive options.
Contraception Q & A
What should I consider when deciding on a birth control method?
No single birth control method is right for every woman. Consider the following points when evaluating the different options:
- How soon you want to get pregnant, if ever
- The method’s effectiveness
- Possible side effects
- If you have multiple partners or are in a monogamous relationship
- Your overall health
- The convenience of each method
Ask yourself if you’ll remember to take a pill each day, if you’re comfortable placing a device into your vagina, or if you are OK if you do get pregnant accidentally.
You should also consider if the method is acceptable to your partner.
What types of birth control are available?
You have a choice between many types of birth control. These include:
- Sterilization, such as tubal ligation, which makes it impossible for you to get pregnant
- Long-acting reversible contraceptives, including intrauterine devices (IUDs) and hormonal implants such as Nexplanon®
- Short-acting hormonal contraceptives, including the pill, patch, shot, and vaginal ring
- Barrier methods that prevent the sperm and egg from connecting, including male and female condoms and diaphragms
- Natural family planning, such as monitoring your fertility cycle or cervical mucus quality
Dr. Ardalan reviews the pros and cons of each method with you and helps you determine which one best meets your birth control needs.
How long do long-acting reversible contraceptives offer protection?
Long-acting reversible contraceptives can protect against pregnancy for three to 10 years, depending on the type you choose. Hormonal implants, such as the arm implant Nexplanon, last about three years, while copper IUDs, such as Paragard®, can offer protection for up to 10 years.
Long-acting contraceptives are easily removed and your fertility is restored almost immediately.
What contraceptives protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)?
The only contraceptive that offers protection against STDs is male and female condoms. If you have more than one partner, or your partner has more than one partner, use condoms along with a more reliable birth control method – such as the pill or an IUD – to protect against pregnancy and disease.
To learn more about birth control methods and their effectiveness, call Women Elite Care, Inc. or book an appointment using the online tool.