Birth Control

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May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology

Obstetrics & Gynecology located throughout Lancaster & Lebanon Counties, PA

When it comes to family planning, you have many options if you’re not ready to have a baby. The women’s health experts at May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology can help you find the right birth control for you based on your future pregnancy plans and current health. For a birth control consultation, call the Lancaster, Elizabethtown, Columbia, Ephrata, Intercourse, Willow Street, or Lebanon, Pennsylvania, location or request an appointment online.

Birth Control Q & A

What is Birth Control?

Birth control, also referred to as contraception, refers to any method you use to prevent pregnancy. When it comes to ways to prevent pregnancy, you have many options, but some work better than others.

What are the Types of Birth Control?

The different types of birth control work by either stopping your body from releasing an egg or preventing sperm from reaching your egg.

Your birth control options include:

  • Sterilization: Sterilization refers to birth control that permanently prevents pregnancy. For women, it’s known as getting your tubes tied, and prevents pregnancy by stopping sperm from reaching your egg. If you’ve decided you don’t want children, this may be the best option for you.
  • Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs): LARCs are long-term birth control options and include the intrauterine device (IUD). When placed in your uterus, an IUD can protect you from pregnancy from three to 10 years. There is also a hormonal implant that lasts for three years. These forms of birth control prevent pregnancy by altering the movement of sperm to prevent fertilization of your egg. LARCS are considered one of the most effective forms of birth control.
  • Short-Acting Hormonal Birth Control: When you think of birth control, the pill is probably the first thing that comes to mind. This, along with the patch and vaginal ring, are short-acting hormonal forms of birth control. In order for these methods to be effective, you have to remember to take or use them as directed. They work by stopping you from releasing an egg.
  • Barrier Methods: Condoms, diaphragms, and cervical caps are examples of barrier methods of birth control that works by blocking sperm from reaching your egg.

 

Abstinence is also considered a form of birth control and is considered the most effective at preventing pregnancy.

The only form of birth control that protects you from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is condoms. If you have more than one sexual partner, it is recommended to use condoms in addition to another form of birth control to protect yourself from pregnancy and an STD.

How Do I Know What Type of Birth Control I Need?

Your specialist at May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology can help you determine the best method of birth control for you after an examination, review of your medical history, your future pregnancy plans, and discussion of your sexual activity. Together, you can decide the method that is the most effective option.

For help with birth control, call the women’s health experts at May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology, or schedule an appointment online.