Women in today’s society have a host of choices when the time comes to decide on birth control, far more than what was available to women even just a few decades ago. With so many options, deciding on the right method of birth control in Katy can seem confusing. However, when you know what questions to ask, this aspect of your health can come far more easily.
This question may seem an obvious one, but warrants being asked first, as the woman who does not want future pregnancies may consider permanent sterilization over temporary birth control in Katy. Ample consideration is necessary, due to the fact that procedures such as tubal implants, tubal ligation, or vasectomy are designed to be non-reversible. If there is any possibility at all that a future pregnancy may be welcomed, opting for some form of temporary birth control is likely the best choice.
Children bring about great changes to a person’s life – permanent changes that impact every aspect, including relationships, budgets, and even housing. When choosing which form of birth control in Katy may be most suitable, it is important to spend time speculating just what would be impacted by an unplanned pregnancy, such as schooling, employment, insurance, or income. Choosing proven methods of birth control is ideal for those who would like to control when they become pregnant.
Any birth control method you consider should answer the question of effectiveness, which ties in with the previous question. For instance, if you are not in a place where a pregnancy would be optimal, methods like IUDs or oral contraceptives with hormones may be best, as these are known to offer a greater degree of protection against pregnancy. Less effective methods include diaphragms, condoms, and spermicides. Least effective are “pulling out” and cycle awareness.
Every method of birth control comes with certain specifications that you must be willing to commit to. Oral contraceptives must be taken every single day in order to be effective. Barrier methods like condoms require attention in the heat of the moment, as does pulling out. If you feel that you may forget in any of these instances, you may want to consider a method such as the birth control patch.
Finally, the question of sexually transmitted diseases needs to be posed when choosing a form of birth control, as condoms are the only form of protection against potentially serious disease.
For assistance choosing your most suitable birth control, contact our office for a consultation with Dr. Jenkins.
We offer general care, gynecology, and obstetrics services that span all stages of a woman's life. Dr. Taryll L. Jenkins, MD received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and Doctorate of Medicine from Meharry Medical College School of Medicine, TN. He completed his residency training at the University of Texas and Hermann Hospital, TX and is Board-certified from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, with years of research experience.
Having graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelors of Science in Biological Chemistry in 2011, Dr. Stephanie Roy received her Doctor of Medicine Degree in 2015 from the University of Texas Medical Branch. Today she is a leading Board-certified physician who works hard to provide you and your family with high quality services. In addition to spending time at the practice, Dr. Roy possesses extensive volunteer experience in the community. She was also a tutor at the Medical Careers Diversity Program in 2012 and since then has spent her free time volunteering for the St. Vincent’s Clinic.
Dr. Tiffany Ikwuagwu is passionate about caring for the diverse communities in Katy and Houston, TX. Having completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Houston, her medical degree at the Baylor College of Medicine, and her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the McGovern Medical School, she worked as principal investigator on a research project with Dr. Nana Ankumah at UT Houston. A member of the American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Dr. Ikwuagwu has served in several leadership roles and has made many contributions to the community.
Yara Ramirez, MD earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University and her doctorate in medicine from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston where she also completed her residency. She won the Resident Teaching Award from UTMB’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for two consecutive years.
Dr. Ramirez has researched extensively on many obstetrics-related topics. She has been a Junior Fellow Representative for the UTMB Residency Program and a Medical Student Education Committee Member at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has volunteered for various local and foreign community programs. Her fluency in Spanish and French is an asset to her organization.
Nadia Alexander is a Board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center. With seven years of experience in women’s health and a focus on obstetrics and ambulatory gynecology (vaginitis, UTI, and vaginal bleeding), she provides quality, compassionate care to patients in various stages of reproductive life. She is fluent in English and Spanish and is the lead contact for our Telehealth service.